Eligibility & Guidelines

2015-16 Arts & Culture Trek Grant

This grant is not yet available – please check back in Fall 2015. Michigan Youth Arts, on behalf of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, is offering Michigan K-12 schools grants of up to $500 to  pay for transportation costs associated with an arts- and culture-related field trip.

For complete guidelines and list of approved field trip destinations, click here.


  • Applications must be submitted online at no later than 11:59 p.m. on the deadline (TBD).
  • Field trip must take place within the required dates (TBD).
  • Applicants must be accredited Michigan public or private schools, grades K-12.
  • Applicants may receive only one grant per grant cycle, per school building, per school year.
  • Grants will only be awarded to one applicant per educational institution.
  • A certified teacher leading the field trip must be the primary contact.
  • Travel and expenses associated with student competitions and/or performances, such as student band festivals, choir and theatre tours are not eligible.
  • Incomplete applications, trips without specific dates, and applications without transportation estimates will not be considered.
  • Private/personal transportation costs are not eligible (i.e. parent’s cars).


  1. Teachers: plan your trip to an approved organization, obtain permission from your school principal, make reservations with the organization; obtain an estimate for the transportation costs; and plan to incorporate the trip into the class curriculum. Review the enclosed application questions and ready your materials to complete the application online.
  2. Submit your application online at by the deadline (TBD).
  3. Applicants will be notified of the status of their grant request via email. If approved, an Award Letter must be signed by the school principal, and returned either via fax or email.
  4. FUNDS ARE DISTRIBUTED ON A REIMBURSEMENT BASIS, after the trip has occurred. Awardees will be provided a link and instructions to submit their final report online, and must do so immediately following the trip. Awardees must compile financial information, send letters to state legislators, and obtain a receipt from their transportation provider dated on or after the trip. 2014-2015 Recipients: Final reports must be received by MYA office by Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
  5. Michigan Youth Arts will reimburse the school for actual transportation costs (not to exceed the grant award) within approximately 60 days of receipt of the final report.

This application will be open in Fall 2015 (TBD). Please click the “Apply Online” button on the left hand side of this webpage or click here to apply. THINK AHEAD: Make sure to save your information in a separate document for future reference! 

Returning applicants: If you applied for this grant last year, please note that your previous login/password combination will NOT work again this year, as all previous data was erased during routine website maintenance. You will need to create a new login account (but you can still register with the same email address as before). We apologize for any inconvenience!

Questions? Email or call 248-545-9200.




2015-16 Art Equipment & Supply Grant

This grant is not yet available – please check back in Fall 2015.  If you are interested in applying for this grant, please read the guidelines below for future reference.

Michigan Youth Arts (MYA), through assistance from The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, is offering Michigan K-12 schools grants of up to $2,500 to pay for arts equipment (including repairs of arts equipment) or supplies being used within the classroom/school setting. Grants are determined by independent panelists, based on how well applications adhere to the grant guidelines (rather than in comparison to other applicants). Michigan K-12 teachers of any “arts” subject may apply for the grant, including: visual arts, vocal music, instrumental music, and dance. Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis, and a 1:1 match (in terms of teacher or volunteer time, or an equivalent cash amount) is required.

All applications will be evaluated and scored using the following 3 criteria:

  • Excellence: Applicant’s past history of integrating the arts into the school curriculum, and how the purchase of arts equipment/supplies will benefit the learning occurring in the classroom or school.
  • Impact: Estimated number of individuals benefiting, and/or participating; location of project/programming – this is an explanation of the demographics and community the school operates in; accessibility; and public presentation component (if any). Special consideration will be given to underrepresented areas, communities with low access to the arts, or demonstrated need.
  • Management: Classroom Teacher – how is the lead teacher qualified to use the purchased equipment or supplies; and Evaluation Plan – how will the equipment/supplies be purchased and integrated into the classroom curriculum.

Panelists will also consider applicant’s reporting history and compliance status on previous grant awards.

Click here for the official 2014-15 press release!




This activity is made possible by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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