Due to extreme demand, the arts & humanities touring grant application is now closed. the next application cycle opens november 15 at 9:00am (ET)

Grant Guidelines

The Arts and Humanities Touring Program awards reimbursement grants to help support the fees and expenses of touring performers, artists, exhibitors, and humanities presenters.

Touring Program grants are available to Michigan nonprofit organizations who may request:

  • Up to 60 percent of Michigan based presenters’/exhibitors’ fees and travel expenses. (Proof of artist residency must be provided.)
  • Up to 40 percent of out-of-state presenters’/exhibitors’ fees and travel expenses.
  • Up to 75 percent of under-represented (Michigan-based) presenters’/exhibitors’ fees and travel expenses. Under-represented artist is defined as the following: artists that are Black, Indigenous, or people of color; artists that identify as LGBTQ+; artists with a disability; artists located in an under-represented area of the state (zip code population below 10,000).

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 during the program period (November to May cycles). Artists are limited to $6,000 in requests per program period.

Events must have a ticket price of $10 or lower to be eligible for funding. Events that are organization fundraisers are ineligible for funding.

Due to new federal requirements, organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier, or obtain one prior to your final report deadline, to receive grant funds. For more information on how to obtain a Unique Entity Identifier, please click here.

Arts and Humanities Touring Grants

The Arts and Humanities Touring Program is a joint collaboration of Michigan Humanities and the Michigan Arts and Culture Council. Michigan nonprofits can apply for Touring Grants to host arts and humanities programming that feature artists and presenters from both the humanities and performing/visual arts fields.


If you have questions or would like to discuss a potential project, please contact Estee Schlenner at eschlenner@mihumanities.org.

Funding Windows

For performances happening from March 1 to May 31

Application window opens February 1 at 9:00am (ET)

For performances happening from June 1 to August 15

Application window opens May 1 at 9:00am (ET)

For performances happening from December 1 to February 28

Application window opens November 15 at 9:00am (ET)

Applications will only be processed during the appropriate funding windows. Grant applications will be processed in the order they are received for each funding window. Grant applications will no longer be accepted once all funds for that window have been committed. Final reports will be due 30 days after the completion of your event. If the final report is not received on time, funds awarded will be considered forfeited by the organization. Failure to submit final reports will also disqualify the organization from applying for further funding for one year.