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Arts & Humanities Touring Program Grants

The Arts & Humanities Touring Program awards grants to help support the fees and expenses of touring performers, artists, exhibitors, and humanities presenters listed in Michigan’s 2009–2012 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory.

The Touring Program grants are available to nonprofit organizations who may request up to 40 percent of presenters’/exhibitors’ fees and travel expenses. 

Request for a grant may not exceed $3,000 per application, and an organization may not submit more than four (4) grant applications or request more than $4,000 in a fiscal year (i.e., October 1 to September 30).

The Touring Program requires at least 100 percent cost share (match) for grant awards. Grant cost share (match) is the total dollar value of both cash and in-kind contributions (donated services or goods) of the sponsoring organization (applicant) for the grant project (e.g., an organization that applies for a $250 grant is required to match the grant with $250 in cash and/or in-kind expenses in the total program budget).

A listing in Michigan’s Arts & Humanities Touring Directory is not an endorsement by the Michigan Humanities Council or the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, nor are the Councils responsible for program content and/or incorrect information. 

Application Procedures

Please note the following application procedures:

  • The online Touring Grants application will go live Thursday, September 6 through the GovOnline link. Paper applications are no longer accepted.
  • Grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year until funds are depleted.
  • All applications must be submitted at least four (4) weeks prior to the contracted program or exhibition
  • Grant awards may be modified to reflect adjustments in the appropriation for the Arts & Humanities Touring Program.


Any Michigan nonprofit organization, institution, school, library, museum, chamber, association or local government agency may apply. Individuals are not eligible for grants. The applicant must be the sponsoring organization.


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