The City of Battle Creek is offering money to help fix up rental properties, mostly in the downtown area.

The city says the program uses funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and will allow building owners and potential owners to get grants to rehabilitate properties. They plan on prioritizing applicants with buildings within the downtown area and other “Traditional business corridors”, and will focus on buildings like duplexes and small mixed-use buildings; generally, the grants won’t be awarded to rehabilitate single family homes.

As well, at least half of the units of the structure need to be initially occupied by households making less than 80 percent of the area median income. This determination is based on family size and HUD data, and currently is around $47,000 for a family of four.

A total of $300,000 is available for this program year; applications will be accepted beginning Monday, November 26. More information and the application itself can be found at the city's website.