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Americana Foundation Grant

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits for Agricultural
Development, Environment, and Historic Preservation

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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations for educational and advocacy programs that address the conservation and preservation of natural resources, growth and development of agriculture and community food systems, and protection and presentation of expressions of America's heritage.

Some limited technical assistance in the form of consulting services to the board, staff, and volunteers of recipient organizations is available. The technical assistance is provided to assist the recipient group in organizational management and strategic planning.

Program Areas:

American Heritage

The Americana Foundation seeks to promote knowledge, preservation, and accessibility of America's heritage through increasing educational opportunities of future conservators and curators in the field and through preservation and presentation of unique collections in alignment with the interests and collections of the Adolph and Ginger Meyer family.

Projects for Grant Consideration

- Preservation and/or acquisition of high style, classic, handcrafted furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as supporting their placement with charitable and educational institutions, and/or the US government.
- Career development support for curatorial and conservation internships within major institutions and universities.
- Restoration projects for heritage buildings and cultural landscapes that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of historic places.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Americana supports educational, advocacy, and community development programs that address the growth and development of American agriculture, community food programs, and natural resource conservation in rural and urban landscapes in Michigan.

Projects for Grant Consideration

- Education and advocacy programs for the protection of community based agriculture, open space and natural resources on rural and urban landscapes in Michigan.
- Education and information about tools for managing growth through integrated planning, zoning and best practices for the development of sustainable communities in Michigan.
- Partnerships with environmental and agricultural organizations and other stakeholders working to protect agricultural land, open space, and natural resources in Michigan.
- Community gardening, urban forestry, and beginning farmer education and development programs in Michigan.
- Locally grown food and a sustainable food system in Michigan.

Tollgate Farm

In support of educational programs that address the preservation of American agriculture, hands-on learning for children, families, and adults is provided at Tollgate. With its farm animals, fields, gardens, rolling hills, woodlands, and more, this special site offers a unique opportunity to experience agriculture on a working farm in an urban environment.

The Foundation provides support in a variety of ways at Tollgate. For example:

- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
- Maintenance of historical buildings on-site
- Facility improvements
- Youth programs (e.g., summer camps, science field trips, discovery days)
- Master Gardener Program
- Professional training and educational workshops
- Community events

Given limited funds and its commitment to collaboration, the Foundation is most interested in requests that are supported by multiple sources, sustainable over time, and for one-year.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174075

Term of Contract:

The Foundation is most interested in requests that are for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation makes grants only to nonprofit organizations that have been determined by the IRS to be charitable, scientific or educational and have been recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code to be tax exempt and not a private foundation.

Nonprofit organizations that are located or operate within the state of Michigan are a priority of the Foundation.

The Foundation does not make grants to private individuals nor does it buy tables, advertising for fundraising events, or generally provide scholarship support. Grants may not be used for political purposes.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals should be brief and submitted by the 10th of January, April, July, and October.

An email to the executive director with a concept letter can help determine if a project may fit the program areas of the Foundation. Concept letters are accepted on a rolling basis.

As a general policy, meetings and site visits are arranged only if there is no previous relationship with the Foundation or the type or size of the request requires it before final determinations are made.

With limited resources and large numbers of proposals, the Foundation is able to fund a limited number of worthwhile requests. Those same constraints limit the size of grants and may limit the number of years support can be given to any one organization.

American Heritage focus area:

Agriculture and Natural Resources focus area:

Tollgate Farm projects:

Contact Information:

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

Marlene Fluharty, Executive Director

Americana Foundation
28115 Meadowbrook Road
Novi, MI 48377-3128
Phone: 248-347-3863

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan