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Artists in the Community Grant

The Artists in the Community Grant Program (formerly the Individual Artist Grant) supports community-driven placemaking projects that capitalize on greater Lansing’s assets, inspiration and potential, contributing to a “sense of place” for residents, businesses and visitors. These awards are funded by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing through its Arts Advancement Endowment Fund and places creativity at the center of community and economic development. The Arts Council provides individual grants up to $4,000 to visual, performing or literary artists and/or artist-led teams that seek to engage the community through their artistic talents. No cash or in-kind match is required. Awards are competitive. 

The program encourages individual artists to work within the region to provide free programming or artistic enrichment for the greater community. The Arts Council believes in the positive impact and influence individual artists make within the region, and encourages these artists to work in partnership with another organization to achieve the goals and objectives of the proposed project. Artists of all levels and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Past Recipients:


2013
2014
2017

Chris Clark Fellowship Program

The Chris Clark Fellowship Program for Creative Professionals was established through a legacy gift from Lansing area native Chris Clark, to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. The goal of the program is to support creative capacity building for individuals such as visual, literary and performing artists; arts administrators; arts educators; and arts students in greater Lansing. The Fellowship provides access to professional development opportunities and business resources through a competitive cash grant reimbursement of up to $1,500.

2018 Grant Deadline Passed
Past Recipients:
2012
2013
2014 2016 2018

City of Lansing's First Impressions Program

The City of Lansing First Impressions Program is designed to support arts organizations and create community-driven placemaking projects that capitalize on Lansing’s assets, inspiration and potential, contributing to a “sense of place” for residents, businesses and visitors. The Program includes the following: Creative Placemaking Grants, Programmatic Support Program and the City of Lansing Arts Impact Project. These awards are funded by the City of Lansing through the Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and administered by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. 

Creative Placemaking Grants

These grants must take place within the City of Lansing. The purpose of the Creative Placemaking Grants is to create a lasting and genuine first impression that reflects innovation, art and our diverse culture and communities. We are interested in receiving applications for community-driven creative placemaking projects that capitalize on Lansing’s assets, inspiration and potential, contributing to a “sense of place” for residents, businesses, and visitors.
2018 Grant Deadline Passed.

Programmatic Support Program

This support program is by invitation only. Programmatic Support allows us to provide specific operational support to arts and cultural organizations who are headquartered in the City of Lansing. If you feel that you are eligible to apply and want to be considered for Programmatic Support, please contact Meghan Martin, program manager at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing at 517-853-7580.
2018 Grant Deadline Passed.

The City of Lansing Arts Impact Program

This program awards $75,000 for the development of a permanent creative structure that enhances a neighborhood's appearance and kindles community engagement in the City of Lansing. We are looking for creative placemaking ideas that will have impact on making our community a better place to live, work and play. The Arts Impact Project will place artists, designers and community members at the forefront of the project conversation to ensure that the chosen project will reflect the creativity and sensibility of the neighborhood in which it resides. This is done through a RFP process and a panel review.
FY2018 Pitch Your Project opportunity has passed.

Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts and Tourism

Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts & Tourism was established to support the production of publicity and promotional materials utilized to attract out-of-county visitors into Ingham County. These awards are funded by five percent (5%) of Ingham County hotel/motel revenues, per Ingham County Board of Commissioners resolution. The maximum grant for any one agency shall be no more than $10,000. Nonprofit organizations located in Ingham County established primarily for cultural, educational, artistic, historical or entertainment purposes are eligible to apply. Applicants must have nonprofit status as evidenced by an Internal Revenue Service 501 (c)(3) letter of determination or a copy of the Articles of Incorporation as filed with the State of Michigan, Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

The FY17 funding period is May 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018. Payments are disbursed for awards by quarter with first and second quarters in the same check after required documentation is received and approved, followed by payment three in a separate check, and payment four in a separate check after final reports are received and approved.

Past Recipients:
2013
2014
2015 2016 2017

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrants

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Minigrants are funded by the State of Michigan through the MCACA and administered by regional regranting agencies across the state. The Arts Council of Greater Lansing administers the program for Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.

The MCACA Minigrant program offers two opportunities for application: Arts Projects and Professional or Organizational Development grants. There will be two Minigrant rounds offered. All remaining first-round funds will be distributed in the second round. Any applicants not chosen from the first round have the opportunity for second round re-application. If not funded in round one, a private consultation with the Arts Council is highly recommended.

Deadline for Round 1 applications has passed. Round 2 applications will be due January 15, 2018.

Professional or Organizational Development (POD) Minigrants

Provide up to $1,500 in financial assistance, with a 25% match requirement, to assist arts organizations, administrators and artists with opportunities that specifically improve their business management and/or bring the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically. These grants are strictly intended to assist with unique experiences directly related to career or organizational development; funds can be used to attend conferences, workshops, seminars, or to hire short-term consultants. Eligible applicants are non-profit arts and cultural organizations, and professional artists, located in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.

Arts Projects Minigrants

provide up to $4,000 in financial assistance, on a 1:1 matching basis, for locally-developed, high-quality arts and cultural projects. These are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs as well as increase public access to arts and culture. Eligible applicants include: non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities and municipalities located in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. Arts Project applicant organizations are encouraged to participate in the Michigan Cultural Data Project (CDP) as a part of their grant submission. More information and a list of training sessions for CDP is available online at www.miculturaldata.org.

Young Creatives Grants

Established to support and increase access to arts education for under-served youth ages 5-17 the Young Creatives Grant is funded by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing through its Arts Advancement Endowment Fund and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. This program provides grants of up to $1,500 to selected organizations. Funds provide scholarships for children with financial need to attend classes and programs OR funds to support free arts/cultural programming with an educational focus, targeting under-served youth. Applicants may only apply for funds in one of the two provided categories, not both. Awards are competitive.

2018 Grant Deadline Passed
Past Recipients:
2013
2014
2015 2016 2017