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Grants to Michigan Organizations for Public Art Projects and Programs in Eligible Locations

FY24 Cultural Arts Grant


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Funding Source
City of East Lansing Arts Commission
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Geographic Focus
USA: Michigan: City of East Lansing

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/06/23 5:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Michigan organizations for public art events and projects in eligible locations. Funding is intended for activities that provide quality art experiences, encourage public engagement, and promote cultural understanding and appreciation through art. Projects must encourage artistic awareness and must provide evidence of artistic merit. These activities and programs must take place within and primarily benefit residents of the City of East Lansing.

The City of East Lansing, through the Arts Commission, promotes art in the community; encourages cooperation with local arts agencies; develops and recommends proposals for activities related to exhibition, performance, and instruction in the arts. The city is committed to promoting and uplifting artists, artistic expressions, and organizations specifically related to black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexual, and asexual (LGBTQIA) identities. Further, the city will collaborate with other boards and commissions to strengthen the aesthetics and appeal of projects that affect public places to reflect a diversity of artistic expressions and artists.

Projects that speak to the national conversation around race, equity, gender, and disability and highlight BIPOC, LGBTQIA artists, and art performances will be given additional consideration.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Organizations are eligible to apply.
- The Artist or Project Coordinator is not required to be a resident of the City of East Lansing.

The grant cannot be used to pay salaries or benefits.

Pre-Application Information
Program Schedule:
- July 18, 2023: Call for applications release
- September 6: Application deadline, 5:00 p.m.
- Sept. 7 – 15: Administrative review of applications
- Sept. 21: Arts Commission meeting to review applications, 5:30 PM
- October 3: Notification of grant awards
- October 20: Contracts due
- November: Funds released to grantee agencies
- June 30, 2024: Program reports due

Applications will be reviewed by the East Lansing Arts Commission on September 21 at 5:30 p.m. Applicants have the optional opportunity to provide a 5-minute description of their project and to address any questions the Commission may have.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
There is no minimum or maximum grant amount. Applicants are discouraged from relying on the Cultural Arts Grant program for ongoing expenses. Applications that request 15% of the total project cost or no more than $500, whichever is more, will be viewed favorably. Preference will be given to applicants who show multiple sources of funding. Ongoing or repeat events should demonstrate an ability to continue into the future, independent of these funds.

Term of Contract
Fiscal Year 2024 grant-funded programs must take place between November 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024.

Contact Information
Grant applications can be mailed, hand-delivered, or e-mailed to:
City of East Lansing Arts Commission
Attn: Heather Majano
410 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

For questions, contact:
Heather Majano, (517) 319-6804,
Karla Forrest-Hewitt, (517) 319-6823,

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