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City of Lansing First Impressions Program - Creative Placemaking Grants

Grants to Lansing, Michigan Nonprofits for Arts
Projects that Highlight Community Diversity

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Foundation / Corporation

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City of Lansing - Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) - The Arts Council of Greater Lansing

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/15/17 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to Lansing, Michigan nonprofits for arts-based community improvements that will create a unique and impactful first impression on residents and visitors. The projects are intended to highlight the community's physical attributes, social values, and relevant issues.

The goals of the Creative Placemaking Grants are to support innovative creative placemaking projects in the City of Lansing that are of high arts and cultural merit, and:

1. Engage those who live, work and play in the City of Lansing throughout the planning, design and programming process
2. Highlight and promote the City of Lansing’s physical attributes, values and/or relevant social issues
3. Focus on creating destinations, building and connecting clusters of cultural attractions and creative activity
4. Incorporate key creative placemaking concepts such as triangulation and investigation of history
5. Provide free, open, and accessible projects to the public, including people with disabilities
6. Contribute to short- and long-term economic impact in the community

Examples of appropriate proposals might include:
Gateways; public art (sculptures, murals, etc.); festivals; projects themed around the environment, education, technology, transportation or art-as-healing; historical celebrations; arts incubators; and repurposing/revitalization of buildings.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 125967

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant request amount for FY2018: $1,000 - $20,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period for the Creative Placemaking Grant will be from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program provides specific project support to arts and cultural organizations and other non-profits in partnership with artists and/or arts and cultural organizations. For the purposes of this program, arts and cultural organizations and individual artists are defined as those who provide an experience that is based in a specific arts or cultural discipline.

Eligible organizations must:
- Be headquartered in the tri-county region (Clinton, Eaton, or Ingham county) and provide a majority of programming in the City of Lansing
- Have non-profit status as evidenced through IRS tax determination letter (501(c)3) or proof of Michigan non-profit incorporation
- Comply with the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Not be delinquent on any debt owed to the city including, individual and/or business income tax, individual and/or property tax, assessments or fees and utility obligations

Funding under the Creative Placemaking Grant may not be used for the following:

Costs incurred prior to the grant starting date; fundraising events; travel; food or beverages; projects that take place outside the City of Lansing; consultants who are members of an applicant’s staff or board; payments to students, endowments, existing deficits, penalties, interest or litigation costs; scholarly or academic research, tuition, and activities which generate academic credit or formal study toward an academic or professional degree; projects funded with other City of Lansing grants outside of the arts and cultural program grants; routine operating expenses, projects or activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A free workshop for potential applicants is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 at 2 p.m. at the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau, 500 E. Michigan Ave. #180, Lansing, MI 48912.

Technical assistance regarding the grant application is available by contacting Meghan Martin (see contact information below).

Pre-Application Information:

A match to grant funds, while not required, is strongly suggested to strengthen the application.

Applications will be reviewed by an independent peer review panel of qualified artistic and community professionals. They will recommend awards based on review and scoring of applications. Decisions of the panel may not be appealed.

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing will notify applicants of the outcome in late September.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Meghan Martin, Arts Council Program Manager
(517) 853-7582

Arts Council
1208 Turner St.
Lansing, MI 48906

(517) 372.4636 x3

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: City of Lansing