Toolkit

Tool/Program Lead Project Type Tool Type Area Information
National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" Grant Program Other Campuses, Civic Centers, Downtowns, Markets, Multi Use, Parks, Placemaking 101, Squares, Transportation Grant City Neighborhood, Downtown, Regional Downtown, Rural

2016 Our Town guidelines

2016 is the sixth year of Our Town, the NEA’s primary creative placemaking program, providing funding that supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Grants in 2016 will be available for projects in arts engagement, design and planning, and in knowledge building.

The application deadline for the 2016 Our Town program is earlier than in years past and is on September 21, 2015. Guidelines and application materials for 2016 Our Town program are in the Apply for a Grant section of the NEA website.

Since Our Town's inception in 2011, the NEA has awarded 256 grants totaling more than $21 million in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, the NEA has created the online resource Exploring Our Town, with more than 70 case studies and lessons learned from organizations working in communities large and small, urban and rural across the country. In July, the NEA will announce the 2015 grantees, including projects from the new project type of supporting knowledge-building in the field of creative placemaking. 

- See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2015/creative-placemaking-guidelines-and-report-lau...

Coastal Zone Management Program Request for Proposals for Enhanced Public Access through the Development of Trail Towns and Trail Planning and Design DEQ Waterfronts Grant Natural, Rural

The Great Lakes are a primary focus for recreation and tourism in Michigan.  The Office of the Great Lakes, Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program protects, restores, creates and enhances public access to the Great Lakes using approaches that support coastal communities and foster appreciation of our natural resources. The CZM Program provides grant funds to our coastal communities and partners to assist in the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities through the protection and restoration of our sensitive coastal resources and biologically diverse ecosystems, and development of coastal recreation and tourism opportunities.  These grant funds are made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972.  The CZM Program anticipates $300,000 in grant funds will be available in the funding cycle covered by this Request for Proposals (RFP).

This RFP seeks projects for the planning and design of site specific coastal community trails and Trail Town projects.  Coastal community trails include non-motorized trails such as water trails, bike paths and walking trails.  Trail Towns build the connection between “trails and town” for recreation, economic and tourism benefits.  The RFP Application Package can be found at:  http://www.mi.gov/coastalmanagement. 

RFP Quick Facts:

Grant Amounts: No less than $50,000 and up to $300,000.

Match Requirement: A 1-to-1 non-federal match is required for all projects. 

Project Award Period: The anticipated project start date is October 1, 2015, and end date is no later than June 30, 2016.  Projects will be evaluated on project readiness and feasibility for completion within this 9-month project time frame.

Application Deadline:  Complete Applications must be submitted no later than August 3, 2015.

Questions regarding proposals or the application process may be directed to:

Cheri Meyer, Public Access/Water Quality Specialist
Coastal Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes
Office/Cell: 517-290-2110
Email: meyerc2@michigan.gov

http://www.michigan.gov/deq 

Program for Operational Support MCACA Campuses, Civic Centers, Downtowns, Markets, Multi Use, Parks, Placemaking 101, Squares, Transportation, Waterfronts, Other Grant City Neighborhood, Downtown, Regional Downtown, Rural, Suburban

The focus is to provide specific operational support to arts & cultural organizations only. Those eligible are organizations whose primary mission is to provide an experience, including a learning experience that is based in a specific arts or cultural discipline. These organization types are: Arts Education Organizations, Arts Services Organizations, Collecting or Material Organizations, Public Broadcasting Organizations, Literary Arts Organizations, Performing Arts Organizations and Visual Arts/Film/Video Organizations.

App deadline: 6/1/15 for FY 2016

http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/#MCACA

Capital Improvement Program MCACA Campuses, Civic Centers, Downtowns, Markets, Multi Use, Parks, Placemaking 101, Squares, Transportation, Waterfronts, Other Grant City Neighborhood, Downtown, Regional Downtown, Rural, Suburban

Provides funding assistance to Michigan nonprofit arts & cultural organizations and municipalities to use towards cultural facilities, equipment and furnishing upgrades, or necessary equipment and instrument acquisitions. The improvements resulting from these grants enable citizens to enjoy more cultural events & increase their participation within their communities.

App deadline: 6/1/15 for FY 2016

http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/#MCACA

Minigrant Project Support MCACA Campuses, Civic Centers, Downtowns, Markets, Multi Use, Parks, Placemaking 101, Squares, Transportation, Waterfronts, Other Grant City Neighborhood, Downtown, Regional Downtown, Rural, Suburban

MCACA in partnership with regional regranting agencies throughout the state. These are special opportunities to address local arts & cultural needs as well as increasing public access to arts and culture. Arts Projects Minigrants provide up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects. Professional Development Minigrants provide up to $1,500 to assist nonprofit organizations and arts professional acquire services or skills to strengthen the administrative infrastructure of the organization.

App deadline FY 2016:
Round 1 -  8/3/15
Round 2 - If necessary, TBD

http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/#MCACA

Minigrant Profressional Development MCACA Campuses, Civic Centers, Downtowns, Markets, Multi Use, Parks, Placemaking 101, Squares, Transportation, Waterfronts Grant City Neighborhood, Downtown, Regional Downtown, Rural, Suburban

MCACA in partnership with regional regranting agencies throughout the state provides grants for organizational or professional development. Applicants must be nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. 

Retention and Engagement Grant Program MCACA Campuses, Civic Centers, Downtowns, Markets, Multi Use, Parks, Placemaking 101, Squares, Transportation, Waterfronts, Other Grant City Neighborhood, Downtown, Regional Downtown, Rural, Suburban

Grants are offered through the New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan to support projects focusing on the retention and community engagement of young people in Michigan through arts and culture. Funding is available for projects that involve the creativity of young people: their mentorship, project already in progress, ideas they have to make the community a better place, and projects that use arts and culture to: empower young people in Michigan, support an atmosphere of entrepreneurship and creativity, and encourage the retention of young people in their communities.

App deadline: FY 2016 date not set, possibly February 2016

http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/#MCACA

Program for Project Support MCACA Campuses, Civic Centers, Downtowns, Markets, Multi Use, Parks, Placemaking 101, Squares, Transportation, Waterfronts, Other Grant, Loan, Resource, Service, Incentive, Technical Assistance, Technique, Other City Neighborhood, Downtown, Regional Downtown, Rural, Suburban

The focus is to provide arts & cultural, as well as educational, projects to citizen. This category funds arts projects conducted by non-profit organizations, municipalities, educational institutions and other organizations that utilize the talents of professional artists or educators in all arts. Funding may only be used for artist fees, salaries, wages, space rental, or marketing & promotional expenses directly related to the project, or project supplies and materials including performance or other production costs, project-related curriculum materials.

App deadline: 6/1/15 for FY 2016

http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/#MCACA

Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program Funding opportunity for Michigan Area of Concern Land Acquisition Projects DEQ Waterfronts Grant Natural, Rural

The Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program (MCZMP) within the Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Michigan Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grants with a deadline of January 9, 2015. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) anticipates approximately $800,000 will be provided for this Great Lakes Area of Concern funding competition through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as anticipated in the President’s FY 2015 Budget. Typical awards are expected to range between $100,000 and $800,000. Projects selected for funding can anticipate a grant start date of October 1, 2015.

The Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP), which provides grant funds to assist in the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities through the protection and restoration of our sensitive coastal resources and biologically diverse ecosystems, may recommend projects to NOAA for the competition.

NOAA seeks to support projects that will result in the protection of Great Lakes coastal habitat, as well as support future habitat restoration efforts. The program priorities for this opportunity support NOAA’s “Ecosystems” mission goal of “Protect, Restore, and Manage Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through Ecosystem Based Management.”

The RFP Application Package is available online at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/Final_AOC_2015_RFP_473539_7.pdf?20141110092503.

Further information regarding the Michigan Areas of Concern Program can be found here.

Applications must be received by the CZMP by January 9, 2015. Selected projects will be recommended to NOAA by February 20, 2015.

For additional information, please contact Alisa Gonzales-Pennington at gonzalesa@michigan.gov or at 517-284-5038.

http://www.michigan.gov/deq

Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program DEQ Waterfronts Grant Natural, Rural, Not Applicable

The Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program (MCZMP) within the Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) anticipates approximately $800,000 will be available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. The MCZMP may select up to two projects to recommend to NOAA for the national competition. Typical awards are expected to range between $100,000 and $800,000. Projects selected for funding can anticipate a grant start date between July 1 and October 1, 2015. 

The CELCP was authorized “for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural, undeveloped, or recreational state to other uses.”

Attached is the RFP Application Package which is also available on the MCZMP Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/FINAL_CELCP_2015_RFP__11-3-14_473541_7.pdf?20141110092503.

Further information regarding the goals and administrative procedures for CELCP can be found at: http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/welcome.html.

Applications must be delivered to the MCZMP by January 9, 2015. Selected projects will be recommended to NOAA by February 20, 2015.

For additional information please contact Alisa Gonzales-Pennington at 517-284-5038, or at gonzalesa@michigan.gov.

http://www.michigan.gov/deq

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