Grants for Non-Profits, Deadline June 1

Bay Harbor Foundation Requests 2011 Grant Applications

Bay Harbor, MI – The Bay Harbor Foundation is requesting letters of intent for 2011 projects of local nonprofit organizations. Organizations in Northern Lower Michigan with 501(c)(3) nonprofit designations may request grant funds for programs that support the arts, education, environment and health & human services.

The deadline for letters of intent is Wednesday, June 1, 2011. Letters of intent should include:

1. The purpose of the project for which funds are required.

2. The community/regional impact of the project.

3. Preliminary budget and schedule of the project.

Preference will be given to proposals that will use Bay Harbor Foundation grant funds to match other charitable donations and for non-personnel related items.

Bay Harbor Foundation Program and Grant Committee will review letters of intent and will invite selected organizations by August 5, 2011 to submit application forms. Organizations invited to submit application forms will have until September 10, 2011 to complete the process. Grant award winners will be announced December 19, 2011.

Letters of intent may be e-mailed to or mailed to the Bay Harbor Foundation, 750 Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor, MI 49770.

Grants for Non-Profits, Deadline June 1

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

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

Wildflower Planting Grants, Due December 4

Source: The Wildflower Assn of Michigan, Photo: Otsego Conservation District

The Wildflower Association of Michigan, in a partnership with the Harold & Jean Glassen Foundation, awards grants annually to fund projects involving the creation of an outdoor classroom, the enhancing of an existing site, or other educationally directed projects that support the WAM Mission. It is our goal to reach as many of Michigan’s youth and citizenry as possible through the use of our grant program. It is our desire not only to educate Michigan’s students in the areas of recognition, preservation and proper procedures for the repopulating of endangered, threatened and/or special concern native species, but also projects that pass on the appreciation and respect for our native flora that will ensure survival of these species in the future.

Please review the criteria for application to this year’s grant program as well as the summarization of the follow-up procedures and reports required of all recipients of WAM awards. Please review this document carefully prior to completing your application form. Review of this information may prove of value in the approach your group will take in designing your project and application. Please note in particular the deadlines and signatures required for each application. Improperly submitted applications will not be considered for funding.

Since it is WAM’s desire to be of service to as much of the public as possible, all grant recipients will receive packets of information to assist them in fulfillment of their projects. Included for your use is a list of sources for educational materials, a list of Michigan native species nurseries and seed suppliers, additional grant dollar sources, and other selected reading materials.

Thanks to the generous monetary support of the Harold and Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation, WAM is pleased to announce that it has a total of $5000 available for allocations in this year’s grant program. Each applicant may request up to $500 in support. The application deadline is December 4, 2010. All applicants will be notified if they are or are not recipients of an award no later than January 30, 2011. Awardees will receive their funds at the Awards Luncheon on Sunday during the Michigan Wildflower Conference at the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus. If you have any further questions pertaining to the grant application process please contact Robert Krueger, Grants Coordinator, at the address below. Electronic submission (e-mail) is encouraged. Please do not fax your application. Good luck and thank you for your interest in WAM’s Glassen Educational Grant Program.

More information on native plants is available from your local conservation district.

Grand Traverse County Soil Conservation District


Wildflower Planting Grants, Due December 4

Museums for America Grants, Due Nov. 1

Program Overview
Museums for America is the Institute’s largest grant program for museums, supporting projects and ongoing activities that build museums’ capacity to serve their communities.

Museums for America grants strengthen a museum’s ability to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance the institution’s mission and strategic goals. Museums for America grants are designed to be flexible: funds can be used for a wide variety of projects, including ongoing museum activities, research and other behindthe-scenes activities, planning, new programs, purchase of equipment or services, and activities that will support the efforts of museums to upgrade and integrate new technologies. IMLS also welcomes proposals that promote the skills necessary to develop 21st century communities, citizens, and workers, and that encourage broad community access and participation.

Grants are awarded in the following categories:

  • Engaging Communities (Education, Exhibitions, Interpretation, and Inclusive Participation): Support projects that represent a broad range of educational activities through which museums share collections, content, and knowledge to support learning.
  • Building Institutional Capacity (Management, Policy, and Training): Support projects that serve to improve the infrastructure of museums to better serve their communities.
  • Collections Stewardship: Support projects that museums undertake to maintain and improve the management of museum collections in order to fulfill a museum’s public service mission.

Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply.

All types of museums, large and small, are eligible for funding. Eligible museums include aquariums, arboretums and botanical gardens, art museums, youth museums, general museums, historic houses and sites, history museums, nature centers, natural history and anthropology museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, specialized museums, and zoological parks. Federally operated and for-profit museums may not apply for IMLS funds.

An eligible applicant must be: either a unit of state or local government or a private not-for-profit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code; located in one of the fifty states of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated states of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau; and a museum that, using a professional staff, (1) is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes; (2) owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate; (3) cares for these objects; and (4) exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis through facilities which it owns or operates. An organization uses a professional staff if it employs at least one professional staff member, or the fulltime equivalent, whether paid or unpaid primarily engaged in the acquisition, care, or exhibition to the public of objects owned or used by the institution. An organization “exhibits objects to the general public” if such exhibition is a primary purpose of the institution. Further, an organization which exhibits objects to the general public for at least 120 days a year shall be deemed to exhibit objects to the general public on a regular basis. An organization which exhibits objects by appointment may meet the requirement to exhibit objects to the general public on a regular basis, if it can establish, in light of the facts under all the relevant circumstances, that this method of exhibition does not unreasonably restrict the accessibility of the institution’s exhibits to the general public.

Please note that an organization which does not have as a primary purpose the exhibition of objects to the general public. but which can demonstrate that it exhibits objects to the general public on a regular basis as a significant, separate, distinct, and continuing portion of its activities, and that it otherwise meets the museum eligibility requirements, may be determined to be eligible as a museum under these guidelines. A museum located within a parent organization that is a state or local government or multipurpose non-profit entity, such as a municipality, university, historical society, foundation, or a cultural center, may apply on its own behalf, if the museum: (1) is able to independently fulfill all the eligibility requirements listed above; (2) functions as a discrete unit within the parent organization; (3) has its own fully segregated and itemized operating budget; and (4) has the authority to make the application on its own. When any of the last three conditions cannot be met, a museum may apply through its parent organization. Prospective applicants that cannot fulfill all of these requirements should contact IMLS to discuss their eligibility before applying. IMLS may require additional supporting documentation from the applicant to determine the museum’s autonomy. Each eligible applicant within a single parent organization should clearly delineate its own programs and operations in the application narrative. A parent organization that controls multiple museums that are not autonomous but which are otherwise eligible may submit only one application per grant program; the application may be submitted by the parent organization on behalf of one or more of the eligible museums.

Museums for America Grants, Due Nov. 1

Evaluating Centers for Independent Living, Deadline June 9

This program provides support for planning, conducting, administering, and evaluating centers for independent living (CILs) that comply with the standards and assurances in section 725 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Act), consistent with the design included in the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) for establishing a statewide network of CILs.

Deadline: June 9, 2010

Be a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential, private nonprofit agency.

Amount of funding
$10,229,435 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and $596,334 from the FY 2010 Centers for Independent Living (CIL) appropriation.

Estimated Average Size of Awards: $386,635.

Estimated Number of Awards: 28

You can retrieve an application here:

You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: http:// or at its e-mail address:

If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify this program as follows: CFDA numbers 84.400A and 84.132A.

For more information contact:
Sean Barrett, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 5016, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2800. Telephone: (202) 245-7604 or by e-mail:

Evaluating Centers for Independent Living, Deadline June 9