Funding

Funding Opportunities Through the Arts Council

The Arts Council provides various grants throughout the year, and also announces other funding opportunities: local, statewide and national grants. For more information, please contact program Manager Meghan Martin at Meghan@lansingarts.org.

Artists in the Community Grant
Chris Clark Fellowship
City of Lansing First Impressions Program
Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts & Tourism
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Minigrants
Young Creatives Grant


 

Artists in the Community Grant

The Artists in the Community Grant Program (formerly the Individual Artist Grant) supports community-driven placemaking projects that capitalize on greater Lansing’s assets, inspiration and potential, contributing to a “sense of place” for residents, businesses and visitors. These awards are funded by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing through its Arts Advancement Endowment Fund and places creativity at the center of community and economic development. The Arts Council provides individual grants up to $4,000 to visual, performing or literary artists and/or artist-led teams that seek to engage the community through their artistic talents. No cash or in-kind match is required. Awards are competitive. 
 
The program encourages individual artists to work within the region to provide free programming or artistic enrichment for the greater community. The Arts Council believes in the positive impact and influence individual artists make within the region, and encourages these artists to work in partnership with another organization to achieve the goals and objectives of the proposed project. Artists of all levels and disciplines are encouraged to apply.  

Guidelines  |  Budget Template  |  FY16 Final Reports Due:  Oct. 31, 2017

Past Recipients: 2013  |  2014  |  2017

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Chris Clark Fellowship Program

The Chris Clark Fellowship Program for Creative Professionals was established through a legacy gift from Lansing area native Chris Clark, to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. The goal of the program is to support creative capacity building for individuals such as visual, literary and performing artists; arts administrators; arts educators; and arts students in greater Lansing. The Fellowship provides access to professional development opportunities and business resources through a competitive cash grant reimbursement of up to $1,500.

Guidelines  |  Workshop: June 21, 2017, 1:30 - 3 at MICA (1208 Turner, Lansing)  |  Application Deadline: Aug. 1, 2017

Past Recipients: 2012-2013  |  2013-2014  |  2014-2015

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City of Lansing First Impressions Program

(Formerly the “Sense of Place in the Arts” Program)

The City of Lansing First Impressions Program is designed to support arts organizations and create community-driven placemaking projects that capitalize on Lansing’s assets, inspiration and potential, contributing to a “sense of place” for residents, businesses and visitors. The Program includes the following: Creative Placemaking Grants, Programatic Support Program and the City of Lansing Arts Impact Project. These awards are funded by the City of Lansing through the Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and administered by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. Past Recipients of the "Sense of Place in the Arts” Program: 2013  |  2014  |  2015  |  2016  |  2017

Creative Placemaking Grants must take place within the City of Lansing. The purpose of the Creative Placemaking Grants is to create a lasting and genuine first impression that reflects innovation, art and our diverse culture and communities. We are interested in receiving applications for community-driven creative placemaking projects that capitalize on Lansing’s assets, inspiration and potential, contributing to a “sense of place” for residents, businesses, and visitors. 

Guidelines  |  Project Budget & Itemization Template  

Programmatic Support Program support is by invitation only. Programmatic Support allows us to provide specific operational support to arts and cultural organizations who are headquartered in the City of Lansing. If you feel that you are eligible to apply and want to be considered for Programmatic Support, please contact Meghan Martin, program manager at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing at 517/853-7582. 

Guidelines  |  Project Budget & Itemization Template  

The City of Lansing Arts Impact Project awards $75,000 for the development of a permanent creative structure that enhances a neighborhood's appearance and kindles community engagement in the City of Lansing. We are looking for creative placemaking ideas that will have impact on making our community a better place to live, work and play. The Arts Impact Project will place artists, designers and community members at the forefront of the project conversation to ensure that the chosen project will reflect the creativity and sensibility of the neighborhood in which it resides. This is done through a RFP process and a panel review.

The City of Lansing Arts Impact Project for FY2017 has already been selected. Please stay tuned for more opportunities for FY18.


Grant Workshops

First Impression Grant Workshops will be held Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Programatic Support Workshop: 1:00 p.m. (invitation only)
Creative Placemaking Workshop 2:00 p.m.

To RSVP contact Meghan Martin, Arts Council program director at meghan@lansingarts.org

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Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts and Tourism

Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts & Tourism was established to support the production of publicity and promotional materials utilized to attract out-of-county visitors into Ingham County. These awards are funded by five percent (5%) of Ingham County hotel/motel revenues, per Ingham County Board of Commissioners resolution. The maximum grant for any one agency shall be no more than $10,000. Nonprofit organizations located in Ingham County established primarily for cultural, educational, artistic, historical or entertainment purposes are eligible to apply. Applicants must have nonprofit status as evidenced by an Internal Revenue Service 501 (c)(3) letter of determination or a copy of the Articles of Incorporation as filed with the State of Michigan, Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

The funding period is May 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018. Payments are disbursed for awards by quarter with first and second quarters in the same check after required documentation is received and approved, followed by payment three in a separate check, and payment four in a separate check after final reports are received and approved.

Guidelines

Past Recipients: 2013  |  2014  |  2015  |  2016  |  2017

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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrants

Michigan Council fo Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Minigrants are funded by the State of Michigan through the MCACAand administered by regional regranting agencies across the state. The Arts Council of Greater Lansing administers the program for Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.

The MCACAMinigrant program offers two opportunities for application: Arts Projects and Professional or Organizational Development grants. There will be two Minigrant rounds offered. All remaining first-round funds will be distributed in the second round. Any applicants not chosen from the first round have the opportunity for second round re-application. If not funded in round one, a private consultation with the Arts Council is highly recommended.

Professional or Organizational Development (POD) Minigrants provide up to $1,500 in financial assistance, with a 25% match requirement, to assist arts organizations, administrators and artists with opportunities that specifically improve their business management and/or bring the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically. These grants are strictly intended to assist with unique experiences directly related to career or organizational development; funds can be used to attend conferences, workshops, seminars, or to hire short-term consultants. Eligible applicants are non-profit arts and cultural organizations, and professional artists, located in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. 

POD Minigrant Guidelines

Arts Projects Minigrants provide up to $4,000 in financial assistance, on a 1:1 matching basis, for locally-developed, high-quality arts and cultural projects. These are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs as well as increase public access to arts and culture. Eligible applicants include: non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities and municipalities located in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. Arts Project applicant organizations are encouraged to participate in the Michigan Cultural Data Project (CDP) as a part of their grant submission. More information and a list of training sessions for CDP is available online at www.miculturaldata.org

Arts Projects Minigrant Guidelines

FY17 Final Reports Due: Oct. 31, 2017

Project Support Final Report Instructions

POD Final Report Instructions

FY18 Round 1: Proposed activities should occur Oct. 1, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2018

Workshop - June 21, 2017, 10:30 - 12 at the MICA (1208 Turner, Lansing)

Deadline - Aug. 3, 2017

FY18 Round 2: Proposed activities should occur Oct. 1, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2018

Workshop - Nov. 2017

Deadline - Jan. 15, 2018

FY18 Grant Workshop Presentation (PDF)

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Young Creatives Grant

The Young Creatives Grant was established to support and increase access to arts education for underserved youth ages 5-17. Funded by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing through its Arts Advancement Endowment Fund and the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, this program provides grants of up to $1,500 to selected organizations to provide scholarships for children with financial need to attend classes and programs OR funds to support free arts/cultural programming with an educational focus targeting underserved youth. Applicants may only apply for funds in one of the two provided categories, not both. Awards are competitive.

Guidelines  |  Workshop: June 21, 2017, 3:30 - 5 at MICA (1208 Turner, Lansing) |  Application Deadline: Aug. 1, 2017

Past Recipients: 2013  |  2014  |  2015  |  2016  |  2017

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Important Dates

7. 24.17 - First Impressions Grant Program guidelines available

8.1.17 - Chris Clark Fellowship Applications Due

8.1.17 - Young Creatives Grant  Applications Due

8.3.17 - MCACA Minigrant Round 1 Applications Due

8.3.17 - First Impressions Workshops

9.15.17 - Creative Placemaking Grant Applications Due

9.15.17 - Programmatic Support Applications Due

10.31.17 - MCACA FY17 Final Reports Due

10.31.17 - FY17 Sense of Place Grant Final Reports Due

10.31.17 - Artist in Community Grant Final Reports Due

1.15.18 - MCACA Minigrant Round 2 Application Due 

 

Logos

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