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Eaton Rapids offering grants for residents to spruce up their homes

Posted at 9:16 AM, Apr 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 10:01:54-04

The City of Eaton Rapids is offering its residents a grant of up to $500 for its Curb-Side Residential Grant Program.

Applicants just need to list what they will do with the money, how it will make the property look better, and what materials they need.

Laura Blackmer just moved into a home in Eaton Rapids that needs some work including more-functional stairs, gutter repairs, and cleaner siding. With the expensive list, she jumped at the chance when she found out the city would help pay for it.

"I want to show people that I care about my community and my home," she said.

Eaton Rapids city manager Aaron Desentz says about a half a dozen people have applied for the grant so far. The city can approve a maximum of 25 with the money coming out of the city's general fund. He told me feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive.

"The best part about this program is two-fold. It's one, beautifying the community and helping out people who really want to make the community look better and help them through a financial situation that may have otherwise prevented them from doing this," he said.

Laura says the process was easy and she is excited to show people how proud she is to be part of the community.

"I was just impressed that the city of Eaton Rapids would give this money away and have this opportunity especially for people like me just moving in the area because I really want to make this community mine," Blackmer said.

You can download the forms on the city's website. Applicants can submit their forms until May 4.