Upcoming Touring Grant Events

For Touring Grant Inquiries Contact

Estee Schlenner
Programs and Communications Coordinator
eschlenner “at” mihumanities.org or (517) 372-7770

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Arts & Humanities Touring Grants

The Summer Touring Grant application is now closed. All funding has been committed.

Please see the page below for the new changes to the program for the 2022 grant period.

Arts & Humanities Touring Grants

The Arts and Humanities Touring Program is a joint collaboration of the Michigan Humanities and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. 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.

Grant Guidelines

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 Arts and Humanities Touring Directory.

The 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 presenters’/exhibitors’ fees and travel expenses. Underrepresented 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.  Artists are limited to $6,000 in requests per year.
  • Applications will be accepted during three funding windows based on when the performance/exhibit will take place based on the table below:
Performance Date Application Window opens:
December 1 to February 28 November 15th at 12:01 a.m.
March 1 to May 31 February 1st at 12:01 a.m.
June 1 to August 15 May 1st at 12:01 a.m.

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.

Publicity Requirements

MH requires each grant recipient to include reference of support from the Michigan Humanities and Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs in all press releases, publicity materials, discussion with the media, and verbal acknowledgement at events. The file below includes information on publicity requirements as well as sample letters to legislators.


If at any time you have questions or need assistance, please contact Estee Schlenner, Programs and Communications Coordinator, at eschlenner@mihumanities.org or (517) 372-7770.