Apply for funding through the Arts Council's grant programs.
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.
This grant is not currently open, but will open back up summer 2020.
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.
The City of Lansing First Impressions Program is designed to support arts organizations and create community-driven artistic 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: Arts Project Grants and the City of Lansing Arts Impact Project. These awards are funded by the City of Lansing through the Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) and administered by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.
Past City of Lansing Arts and Cultural Grant Recipients (2013-2018)
These grants must take place within the City of Lansing. The purpose of the Arts Project 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 arts projects that capitalize on Lansing’s assets, inspiration and potential, contributing to a “sense of place” for residents, businesses, and visitors.2019 Grant RecipientsFY19 Arts Projects GuidelinesDownload Project Budget & Itemization TemplateSubmit Application or Final Report
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.
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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 $12,500. 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 FY19 funding period is May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020. 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.
FY2019 Ingham County Funds For Arts & Tourism Guidelines
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.
If you receive an MCACA Minigrant, a letter of appreciation should be sent to your local representatives (House/Senate) to thank them for supporting the arts!
Other Important Documents:
MCACA Assurances Form
Recent Past Recipients: 20172018 2019
Professional or Organization Development Minigrant (POD) provides up to $1,500, with a 25% match requirement, to assist non-profit arts and cultural organizations, administrators, arts educators and artists with opportunities that specifically improve their management and/or brings the artist or arts organization to another level artistically. The Minigrant POD program may provide Michigan artists, arts administrators and arts organizations a presence at national conferences and workshops. Eligible applicants are non-profit arts and cultural organizations, and professional artists, located in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.Submit Application or Final Report
Minigrant Arts Projects provide up to $4,000, with a 1:1 match, to support special opportunities and address arts and cultural needs locally. The grant can assist in promoting public engagement, diverse and distinctive art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening or livability of communities. Through the arts, projects can support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture and/or arts education. Eligible applicants include: non-profit organizations, schools and municipalities located in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.Submit Application or Final Report
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.Submit Application or Final Report
The Arts Council hosts a variety of grants annually. We also provide information about other local, state, and national funding opportunities. Contact interim executive director Meghan Martin at Meghan@lansingarts.org
May 15, 2019 - FY18 Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts and Tourism Final Reports DUE
May 22, 2019 - Open Group Grant Consultation from 9 - 11 a.m. at Biggby Coffee (4756 Marsh Rd., Okemos)
June 6, 2019 - Open Group Grant Consultation from 9 - 11 a.m. at Biggby Coffee (750 N Cedar St #105, Lansing)
August 1, 2019 , 11:59 p.m. - FY20 Chris Clark Fellowship Applications DUE
August 1, 2019 , 11:59 p.m. - FY20 Young Creatives Grant Applications DUE
August 3, 2019 , 11:59 p.m. - FY20 MCACA Minigrants (Round 1) Applications DUE