Lugnuts Offering Grants for Best Service Project Ideas

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Baseball season is in full swing, but the Lugnuts are urging people to do more than come out and watch them pitch baseballs. They want Lansing residents to pitch service projects. It's the second year for the program that has provided grants to local organizations, like the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition.

"With that thousand dollars we actually did two projects with that with that money. We built a wheelchair ramp for a disabled person who was a home owner, and we also did some minor repairs, safety repairs for another home owner who was a senior citizen," said Lance queen, the coordinator of the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition's Tuesday Toolmen.

The Housing Coalition's Tuesday Toolmen program was able to expand thanks to the grant. The program enables handy seniors to help homeowners in the area with maintenance projects. It was one of four project pitches that received grants. The Lugnuts, in partnership with Fifth Third Bank, will give out another $4,000 to winners in different categories. They will give $1000 to four different individuals or organizations.

"If I had to guess on submission size I'd say we probably had around 50 submissions, and we obviously want to have more. We'd like 100 to 200 submissions to really get the community out," said Jason Sanders, VP Fifth Third Bank

After all those submissions are compiled, the public will vote for the winners. People will be able to vote online and at Lugnuts games.

"We want to have the direct feedback from the general public. We all sit in rooms and think we can come up with good ideas and things at times, but directly from the source is an outstanding way to get positive feedback and think of ideas a room full of board members may not think about," said Nick Grueser, the Lugnuts General Manager.

Winners can be individuals or organizations. Anyone with a pitch has a chance at seeing their project come to life. If you want to pitch a project you can log on to and register. The four categories are economic development, education, wellness and community service. All applications must be submitted by June 21st, and the public will be able to vote until late August.