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 Touring Grant Application is now OPEN

***Applications for 2021 will be accepted until August 10th for projects that will take place by August 15th. ****


Click here to view the 2018-21 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory.


Arts & Humanities Touring Program

Touring ProgramThe Arts and Humanities Touring Directory features some of the state’s most-talented performing and visual artists, and humanities presenters. The directory offers artists and humanities professionals the opportunity to present their work throughout the state through work with nonprofit recipients of the Touring grants program. Partnered with the Arts and Humanities Touring Grant Program, it is a one-stop resource for many organizations looking to hold public arts and culture events. The artists and humanities professionals included in the Directory go through a formal peer-review adjudication process.

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 listed in the Arts and Humanities Touring Directory.

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 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 during the program period.

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.