Application period opens for Arts and Humanities Touring Grants

LANSING – On Monday, Sept. 16, the Michigan Humanities Council, through partnership with Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, will begin accepting online applications for Arts and Humanities Touring Grants from all Michigan nonprofit organizations. These grants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted.

The Arts and Humanities Touring Program awards grants to help offset the cost of bringing high-quality cultural performers and artists, listed in the Touring Directory, into schools and communities for events. Michigan’s Arts and Humanities Touring Directory includes 175 of the state’s top presenters and performers – such as storytellers, assembly groups, re-enactors, poets and musicians.

The Touring grants help cover up to 40 percent of a performer/artist’s fees and travel expense. Grant requests may not exceed $3,000 per application, and an organization may not submit more than four applications or request more than $4,000 in a fiscal year (Nov. 1 to Oct. 31).

Applicants must have at least 100 percent cost share (match) for Touring grant awards. Grantee cost share (match) is the total dollar value of both cash and in-kind contributions of the sponsoring organization. Eligible events must occur between Oct. 10, 2013 and Aug. 17, 2014.

For guidelines and more information on the Arts and Humanities Touring Program, visit, or contact Regina Schreck at (517) 372-7770 or