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City of Lansing Arts and Culture Grants: Arts Project Grants

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits in Eligible Areas
for Arts Projects that Benefit Local Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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City of Lansing, Arts Council of Greater Lansing

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Deadline Date:

09/14/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Michigan nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for innovative arts programs and projects that reflect community diversity and promote the local quality of life. Funding is intended to increase access to culture and arts for businesses, residents, and visitors to the local community. Eligible projects benefit the City of Lansing.

The goals of the Art Project Grants are to support innovative, creative, and artistic projects in the City of Lansing that are of high artistic 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. Provide free, open, and accessible projects to the public, including people with disabilities.

Examples of appropriate proposals might include public art; festivals; projects themed around diversity, the environment, education, technology, transportation or art-as-healing; historical, cultural celebrations; Lansing School District student trips to arts and cultural events and activities; arts incubators; art classes, exhibits, and performances.

Funding may be used for program costs, including but not limited to artist fees, travel costs, program supplies, and materials. Overhead (salaries or wages, space, utilities, marketing or promotional expenses) may not exceed 20 percent of the request.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 125967

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Request Amount for FY2021: $1,000 - $20,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period for the Art Project Grants will be from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a Michigan nonprofit or 501(c)(3) with capacity to complete the project. Projects must take place within the City of Lansing or specifically be to the service of Lansing residents.

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.

Organizations must meet the following criteria:
- Projects must take place in the City of Lansing or specifically provide access to arts and culture for City of Lansing residents
- Applicants will be given priority if they are headquartered in Lansing, and will also be given strong consideration if they are headquartered in the Greater Lansing Region (Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties)
- Applicants must have non-profit status as evidenced through IRS tax determination letter (501(c)3) or proof of Michigan non-profit incorporation
- Applicants must comply with the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Applicants must 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 Project Grant may not be used for costs incurred prior to the grant starting date; fundraising events; food or beverages; projects that take place outside the City of Lansing, which are not being provided to City of Lansing residents, specifically; 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An Open Group Grant Consultation will be held on August 28, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (virtual zoom meeting).

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., on September 14, 2020.

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

Technical assistance regarding the grant application is available by contacting Taylor Haslett.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Taylor Haslett
(517) 372-4636

Arts Council
1208 Turner St.
Lansing, MI 48906

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