Revitalization and Placemaking (RAP) Program

The Revitalization and Placemaking program provides access to gap financing for place-based infrastructure development, real estate rehabilitation and development, and public space improvements. Eligible applicants are individuals or entities working to rehabilitate vacant, underutilized, blighted and historic structures and the development of permanent place-based infrastructure associated with traditional downtowns, social-zones, outdoor dining and placed-based public spaces.


The first iteration of the Revitalization and Placemaking (RAP) Program, launched in 2022, was an incentive program that deployed $100 million in American Rescue Plan funding to address the COVID-19 impacts in Michigan communities. The 2022 program, now referred to as RAP 1.0, has selected successful applicants. With all ARPA funds encumbered, projects will be in progress through 2026.

The second round of the Revitalization and Placemaking program, referred to as RAP 2.0, has received an appropriation of $100 million in the budget supplemental SB 7 signed by Gov. Whitmer on Feb. 1, 2023, demonstrating the great need identified for placemaking and building rehabilitation investment. As part of RAP 1.0, MEDC received approximately $500 million in applications for $100 million in appropriated funding. 

Future Revitalization and Placemaking Program funding is dependent on the availability of income tax revenue deposited into the Revitalization and Placemaking Fund and appropriated for this program as described in Section 696 of the Income Tax Act of 1967. Awards may be made based on individual applications or based on funding rounds. There are no active funding rounds at this time, as the 2023 allocation is being deployed to projects that had previously applied for incentives and 2024 funding has not yet become available.

Learn more about the RAP legacy programs and compliance below. For additional questions or to learn more information on RAP programs contact your community development manager.

Learn more about RAP Legacy Programs and Compliance