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New Leaders Grant

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Municipalities,
and Schools for Youth-Led Arts and Cultural Projects

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Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) - Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)

Deadline Date:

06/01/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $4,000 to Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities for youth or young adult-led arts and cultural projects. Eligible programs must be led by youth or young adults ages 14 to 30 years, or by a group of young people. In order to be considered "led by", a New Leader must be involved in key decision making for the project being proposed.

Funding is intended to support arts and cultural related projects or collaborations led by a young person who is associated or connected to an established youth or teen council or young professionals group, or for the formation of a new teen or youth council or group.

Funding may only be used for:

- Artist fees directly related to the project
- Salaries or wages directly related to the project
- Space rental
- Marketing or promotional expenses directly related to the project
- Project supplies and materials, including performance, or other production costs
- Project-related curriculum materials.

For information on grantee responsibilities and requirements, see the Guidelines:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185602

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $4,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place during the grant timeline: October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

501(c)(3) or other tax-exempt organization such as a municipality or school, as well as L3Cs who host, facilitate, run, or manage a youth/teen council or young professionals group are all eligible to apply for this program. Youth who have a formal seat on the board of an organization are also eligible to apply through the organization. Organizations who wish to create a youth/teen council or young professionals arm to their work are eligible to apply.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see the Guidelines:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are to be submitted on-line through eGrant by 11:59 PM EST, June 1, 2019. The eGrant system will not accept applications after the deadline. Awards will be announced in September 2019.

Applicants are advised to start the application process early to leave time for questions.

Applicants must match awarded grant funds 1:1. This match may be cash, in-kind, or a combination of both.

All applicants are required to provide their Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number on the application form. Please visit to acquire a number.

A $25 application fee is required to submit your grant application.

Contact Information:

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

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Chad Swan-Badgero, Arts Education Program Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan