Michigan Community Revitalization Program (MCRP)

MCRP is a program available from the MSF, in cooperation with MEDC, designed to promote community revitalization that will accelerate private investment in areas of historical disinvestment, contribute to Michigan’s reinvention as a vital, job-generating state, foster redevelopment of functionally obsolete or historic properties, reduce blight; and protect the natural resources of the state.


The Michigan Community Revitalization Program (MCRP) is an incentive program available from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The focus of the MCRP is to encourage and promote structural renovations and redevelopment of brownfield and historic preservation sites located in traditional downtowns and high-impact corridors. MCRP provides gap financing in the form of performance-based grants, loans, or other economic assistance for eligible investment projects in Michigan.

Who is Eligible?

A person or multiple persons may apply to the MSF for approval of MCRP incentives associated with a project.

Eligible Property

Any property meeting one or more of the following conditions (MCL 125.2090a[e]):

  • Facility;
  • Historic resource;
  • Blighted;
  • Functionally obsolete;
  • Neighborhood and Commercial Corridor Food Initiative;
  • Adjacent or Contiguous;
  • Any Other Property; promoting community development as determined by the MSF Board.

Provisions and Guidelines

MSF support for a single project shall not exceed 25% of the eligible investment, and in no event shall the MSF support exceed a total of $10,000,000 for any project (including any combination of loan, grant or other economic assistance). However, in a city, village, or township with a population of 15,000 or less (based on the most recent federal decennial census), the amount of community revitalization incentives for a project shall not exceed 50% of a project's eligible investment up to $10,000,000. Additionally, the statute also allows that annually the MSF or its delegates may consider support for up to three single projects that shall not exceed 50% of the eligible investment for the specific purpose of historic preservation. Further, no part of the MSF support that is in the form of a grant shall exceed $1,500,000 for any project.

The MSF shall consider the following factors (as applicable) when considering a project for MSF support:

  1. The applicant's financial need for the incentive and whether the project is financially and economically sound;
  2. The importance of the project to the community, the amount of local financial support to the project, and the
    level of private sector and other contributions to the project, such as federal tax credits;
  3. Whether the project incorporates basic tenants of urban design by promoting mixed-use development, walkable communities and/or increasing the density of the area;
  4. Whether the project will redevelop a brownfield and/or historic resource and/or a vacant structure; if historic, whether the project will follow the federal secretary of the interior's standards for rehabilitation of historic buildings;
  5. Whether the project promotes sustainable development;
  6. The level and extent of environmental contamination;
  7. If the project will act as a catalyst for additional revitalization and/or addresses area-wide redevelopment strategies;
  8. Creation of jobs;
  9. Whether the project addresses underserved markets of commerce; converts abandoned public buildings to private use; and if the project will compete with or affect existing Michigan businesses; and
  10. Any other additional criteria approved by the board that are specific to each individual project.

MSF support shall be memorialized by final written grant, loan or other economic assistance agreements, with terms and conditions in accordance with state law, these guidelines and otherwise satisfactory to the MSF, including, without limitation, requiring performancebased milestones which shall govern disbursements; and requiring periodic reporting of data, financial information, and any other information required to facilitate reporting to the MSF and the Michigan legislature, including periodic reporting after completion of a project.


The program may require applicants to pay reasonable application fees, and any other expenses incurred in administering the award.


All projects are subject to an application and due diligence process conducted by the MEDC. The following steps are examples of typical steps, timelines and responsibilities.

  1. Contact your local community for review and evaluation. If support is confirmed at local level, contact a Community Development Manager for review and evaluation of the project. If the project evaluation is determined to meet the criteria of the MCRP, the applicant shall complete an application and provide specific supporting documents.
  2. Following submission of the application and supporting documents, the project will undergo a needs analysis and MEDC leadership will consider the project based on Community Development Guidance standards and financial need.
  3. If appropriate, the MEDC will provide a letter of interest (LOI) for the project. Along with the LOI, the applicant is provided with a list of the required financial due diligence and statutory requirements needed to move the project forward within a specified time period.
  4. Applicant provides a final application package with all supporting documents.
  5. MEDC completes statutory review, full financial review and provides proposed financial structure and term sheet.
  6. Michigan Strategic Fund Board considers the project.
  7. Upon approval the applicant pays any required pre-closing fees.
  8. The MEDC drafts appropriate legal agreements and agreements are executed at closing.
  9. Applicant completes milestones necessary for disbursement of funds by the MEDC.
  10. Applicant completes all required reporting.
  11. MEDC completes compliance verification and project closeout.

MCRP Documents for Download

More Information on MCRP

More Information on MCRP

MCRP Factsheet

MCRP Program Guidelines

MSF Act 270 of 1984, Chapter 8C

Michigan Community Revitalization Program Factsheet in Spanish

Michigan Community Revitalization Program Factsheet in Chinese

Michigan Community Revitalization Program Factsheet in Arabic

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