Young Leaders – Arts & Culture, Grant Applications Due April 14

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Announces the 2011 New Leaders Art Council of Michigan (NLACM) Retention and Engagement Grant Program
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
John Bracey

The New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan (NLACM) is proud to announce this grant program tailored to young leaders in Michigan for arts and culture projects. The NLACM is a young leaders advisory council of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The NLACM is dedicated to promoting the Arts and Culture in Michigan, and is focused on supporting other young leaders. The NLACM works to:

* Increase young people’s access to arts and culture programs within Michigan.
* Advise MCACA on issues relating to young people’s participation in, access to, and develop­ment through arts and culture in Michigan.
* Support program, projects, and initiatives of MCACA.
* Promote the value of arts and culture to a community.

This grant program was designed by NLACM to provide opportunities for young people to engage each other and their communities. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded in support of projects or collaborations focusing on the community engagement and retention of young people in Michigan. The grant guidelines and application instructions can be found at under “Grant Program.” Deadline to apply is April 14, 2011, for projects that take place June 1, 2011, through September 30, 2011.

This program uses donations from the MCACA tax check-off fund. In 2009, Michigan taxpayers gave nearly $28,000 out of their returns.

For more information contact Carolyn Damstra, Program Manager,, (517) 241-3968 or (517) 241-4011.

Program FAQ

Grant Guidelines

Young Leaders – Arts & Culture, Grant Applications Due April 14

Captain Planet Foundation Grants, Due March 31

Eligibility: In order to be considered for funding, proposals must:

• Promote understanding of environmental issues

• Focus on hands-on involvement

• Involve children and young adults 6-18 (elementary through high school)

• Promote interaction and cooperation within the group

• Help young people develop planning and problem solving skills

• Include adult supervision

• Commit to follow-up communication with the Foundation (specific requirements are explained once the grant has been awarded)

The Foundation is interested in funding innovative programs that empower children and youth to work towards solving environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. All funded projects must involve young people ages 6-18 (elementary through high school).
Deadline: March 31, 2011
Maximum Award: $250-$2500
For questions regarding the grant program, please contact Taryn Murphy at <> or visit here.


Captain Planet Foundation Grants, Due March 31

Community Connect Grant Program, Deadline May 3

The Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program) is designed to provide financial assistance to furnish broadband service in rural, economically-challenged communities where such service does not currently exist.

Grant funds may be utilized to:

  1. deploy broadband transmission service to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses,
  2. construct, acquire, or expand a community center, and
  3. equip and operate a community center that provides free access to broadband services to community residents for at least two years.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to entities serving communities of up to 20,000 inhabitants to ensure rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of telecommunications service as are available in urban and suburban communities.
Funding Opportunity Number:     RDRUS-CC-2011
Current Closing Date for Applications:     May 03, 2011
Archive Date:     Jun 03, 2011
Funding Instrument Type:     Grant
Category of Funding Activity:     Community Development
Expected Number of Awards:     300
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $25,000,000
Award Ceiling:     $1,500,000
Award Floor:     $50,000
CFDA Number(s):     10.863  —  Community Connect Grant Program
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     Yes

Eligible Applicants

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Small businesses

Contact us for more information!

Community Connect Grant Program, Deadline May 3

S2 Update – From the Revolving Loan Office

No funding will be pursued in the current fiscal year for the S2 Grant Program.  This decision was made at the State Budget Office.  It has been recommended by the DNRE that $40 million be provided for the S2 Grant program in FY2012.  The State Budget Office will evaluate the request.  There is a 50 percent chance that the requested funds will be provided.

Given this information, I would encourage your SRF projects in the fundable range to continue to meet their milestone dates.  In my opinion, it would NOT be advantageous for a community to forgo funding in the current fiscal year in pursuit of an S2 Grant in FY2012.

Much time has gone into preparing the necessary documents for the S2 Grants.  We will finish those currently not complete.  The application for an S2 Grant will NOT be released to the public until the funding is available.

Previous S2 posts

S2 Update – From the Revolving Loan Office

Realize Science Technology Grant, Due March 31

Realize Science Technology Grant

The Realize Science Technology Grant for Agriculture in the Classroom will award $5,000 worth of cutting edge science education equipment to K-12 teachers across the U.S. this spring. Those awarded the grant will receive new hand-held video microscopes with software to take still pictures, video, time lapse movies, etc. This grant is open to any teachers in the United States who integrates agriculture in their classroom.

Deadline: March 31, 2011

Maximum Award: Value of $5000
For more information, contact Elise Alden 877-395-1001, <> or visit <>.

Realize Science Technology Grant, Due March 31

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Due April 11

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
2011 Request for Applications

Announcement Number: EPA-R5-GL2011-1

EPA is soliciting applications for grants and cooperative agreements to be awarded as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Up to $40 million may be awarded under this Request for Applications for about 150 projects, contingent on the availability of appropriations, the quality of applications received, and other applicable considerations.

This RFA is EPA’s major competitive grant funding opportunity under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for FY2011 and is one of several funding opportunities available through federal agencies under the GLRI. The RFA requests applications for projects in the categories listed below:

Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern

  • Delist Areas of Concern/Beneficial Use Impairments
  • Pollution Prevention and Toxics Reduction

Invasive Species

  • Invasive Species Control
  • Invasive Species Prevention
  • Early Warning System for Invasive Species

Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution

  • Project Implementation to Make Beaches Safer
  • Reduce Impairments and Stressors of Nearshore Waters
  • Watershed Remediation
  • Green Marinas and Ports
  • Areal Extent and Duration of Harmful Algal Blooms

Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication, and Partnerships

  • Education and Outreach
  • Implement Lakewide Management Plan Projects

EPA will host two webinars to explain the RFA and answer your questions. There is no charge to participate, but you must preregister.
* Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 10 a.m. – noon CST
Registration Web Link:
* Thursday, March 17, 2011, 10 a.m. – noon CDT
Registration Web Link:

Submit an application
Applications must be submitted to EPA via by noon Central time on April 11, 2011. See Section IV for further submission information.

Download the Request for Applications [PDF 248 Kb, 53 pages, rev. 2-25-2011]

Posted Date: February 25, 2011

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Due April 11