Apply for funding through the Arts Council's grant programs.
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 (must be current dues-paying members of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing). No cash or in-kind match is required. Awards are competitive.
The program encourages individual member 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.
Applications are due September 30, 2020
FY21 Artist in the Community Grant Guidelines
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 (must be a current dues-paying member of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing). The Fellowship provides access to professional development opportunities and business resources through a competitive cash grant reimbursement of up to $1,500.
Christopher Daniel Clark valued his family, friends, music, the arts, and most importantly, life, using his unique gifts to help making greater Lansing a better place in which to live, work, and play. In particular, Chris had a passion for scene-building and promotions and envisioned a region where arts and culture were the city's true wealth. Chris saw the Arts Council as one of the chief agents of change in this work, using his business savvy to bring artists and the community together. The Arts Council is honored to join Chris' family, friends, and the local arts community to celebrate the life of this remarkable man.
This grant is not currently open, but will be back up summer 2021.
The City of Lansing Arts Grants are designed to support arts organizations and create community-driven artistic 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: Pocket Grants, Arts Project Grants and the City of Lansing Arts Impact and Public Art Grants. These awards are funded by the City of Lansing through the Mayor’s Arts and Cultural Commission and administered by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. Organizations and/or individuals serving diverse and/or underserved populations are encouraged to apply.
Past City of Lansing Arts and Cultural Grant Recipients (2013-2019)
FY18 Arts Impact Project: Projection Mapping Project
FY19 Arts Impact Project: Below the Stacks Mural Project
Arts Project Grants will be awarded to programs that reflect innovation, art and our diverse culture and communities. We are interested in receiving applications for community-driven arts projects and programs that increase access to arts and culture for residents, businesses and visitors to the City of Lansing. Applicants may apply for up to $20,000 and projects must take place within the City of Lansing or specifically be to the service of Lansing residents. Applicants must be a Michigan nonprofit or 501(c)(3) with capacity to complete the project.
In an effort to extend the opportunity for funding to those whose programming and planning has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, this grant program is now offering a second deadline in January 2021. The program offers a total of $82,500 annually to nonprofit organizations for arts programming. Round-1 applications are in review and will be announced in mid-October. Those who receive Round-1 funds are ineligible to apply for the Round 2 deadline.
The second round applications will open in mid-October with a due date of January 15, 2021.
The purpose of these $500 pocket-sized grants is to encourage all those with creative and innovative ideas to embrace #LoveLansing. Citizens, artists, arts organizations or anyone interested in producing arts-based projects or activities in neighborhoods within the City of Lansing can submit brief proposals for a quick $500 grant.
Fiscal year 2021 grants open October 1, 2020.
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 $12,500. 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 FY20 funding period is May 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021. 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.
This grant program is now closed. It will reopen Winter 2020.
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Minigrants are funded by the State of Michigan through the MCACA and administered by regional regranting agencies across the state. The Arts Council of Greater Lansing administers the program for Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.
The MCACA Minigrant 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.
If you receive an MCACA Minigrant, a letter of appreciation should be sent to your local representatives to thank them for supporting the arts!
TAKE NOTE: This grant program has moved portals and is no longer using the eGrant system. It will be available within the SmartSimple application system.
Recent Past Recipients: 20172018 2019 2020
Professional or Organization Development Minigrant (POD) provides up to $1,500, with a 25% match requirement, to assist non-profit arts and cultural organizations, administrators, arts educators and artists with opportunities that specifically improve their management and/or brings the artist or arts organization to another level artistically. The Minigrant POD program may provide Michigan artists, arts administrators and arts organizations a presence at national conferences and workshops. Eligible applicants are non-profit arts and cultural organizations, and professional artists, located in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.Submit Application or Final Report
Minigrant Arts Projects provide up to $4,000, with a 1:1 match, to support special opportunities and address arts and cultural needs locally. The grant can assist in promoting public engagement, diverse and distinctive art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening or livability of communities. Through the arts, projects can support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture and/or arts education. Eligible applicants include: non-profit organizations, schools and municipalities located in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.Submit Application or Final Report
Bus Grants provide up to $500 to K-12 schools to pay for transportation for an arts related field trip. There is no match needed for this grant program. Home Schools and Head Start programs are eligible.
Arts Equipment & Supply (AES) Grants provide up to $1,500 for K-12 schools to purchase arts equipment, supplies or pay for the repair of arts equipment. There is no match required for this grant.
Established to support and increase access to arts education for under-served youth ages 5-17 the Young Creatives Grant is funded by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing through its Arts Advancement Endowment Fund and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. This program provides grants of up to $1,500 to selected organizations (must be current dues-paying member organizations of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing). Funds 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 under-served youth. Applicants may only apply for funds in one of the two provided categories, not both. Awards are competitive.
Applications are due September 30, 2020
FY20 Young Creatives Grant Guidelines
The Arts Council hosts a variety of grants annually. We also provide information about other local, state, and national funding opportunities. Contact membership and programs manager Taylor Haslett at Taylor@lansingarts.org.
Now Open and Ongoing - FY21 City of Lansing Mini Pocket Grants of up to $500 for arts activities are available for individuals and non-profit organizations.
October 31, 2021 - Final Reports for grants without extensions DUE at 11:59 p.m.
January 15, 2021 - City of Lansing FY21 Arts Project Round 2 Grant Applications DUE at 11:59 p.m.
January 15, 2021 - MCACA Minigrant FY 21 Round 2 Grant Applications DUE at 11:59 p.m.