Often artists and cultural organizations are not aware of the opportunities for sponsorship and funding that are available to them. The Detroit Recreation Department - Arts and Grants Division is working to increase networking opportunities between the cultural community and foundations, corporations, the media, and city, state and federal government. Wayne County-based artists and art/cultural organizations wishing to take advantage of this resource can contact the department at (313) 224-1129 .

The Detroit Recreation Department - Arts and Grants Division is a strong spokesperson for all arts and cultural institutions and programs in the City of Detroit.

Promoting art and cultural awareness among the citizens of metropolitan Detroit is an integral part of the function of the Detroit Recreation Department - Arts and Grants Division. Together with a number of other City agencies, as well as civic, corporate and community organizations, the Arts and Grants Division is designing programs to further this awareness.


Mini Grants available for Wayne County Area
Non-Profit Arts Organizations
For Art Projects and Professional Development beginning
October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016
Request up to:
$4,000 – Art Programming
$1,500 – Professional Development
(All Art Disciplines)
For more information visit :

Mini Grant Project Guidelines
Mini Grant Professional Development Guidelines
or call (313) 224-1155
2015 Mini Grants Awards

Informational Workshop

Thursday, July 10, 2015
10 am - 12 pm

Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers Rd. - Upper Level
Detroit, MI 48235

Note: Attendance is mandatory for first time applicants to the mini grant program
Please call to RSVP
Donna Miller
(313) 224-1155
Made possible by the Detroit Recreation Department and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All applications are now submitted online. No paper applications will be accepted

  1. Please ensure that you thoroughly read the guidelines before submitting the application. 
  2. Apply to the funding round during which your project begins.
  3. Your project may not start before the beginning date of the funding round you choose. Project debts incurred before the Funding Round begins cannot be paid with grant funds, nor can your payment of these debts be used as cash or in-kind match for your grant.
  4. All projects must end by the termination of the state's fiscal year, September 30, 2015.
  5. Be sure your application is submitted online by 11:59 p.m. August 3, 2015.
  6. No application will be accepted after the deadline

2016 Mini Grant Guidelines for Art Project
2016 Mini Grant Professional Development Guidelines

Mini Grant FAQs

Arrangements for film and video production in Detroit can be made through the The Mayor's Office.

Contact the Detroit Film Office at
Phone: (313) 224-1606
Fax: (313) 224-4128
TTY: 711 or 1-800-649-3777
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Email:  dfo@detroitmi.gov

Go to the Detroit Film Office

ArtServe Michigan, the state's leading independent arts advocacy and service organization, has launched the Michigan Artist Directory to increase the visibility of Michigan artists and assist them in marketing their work.The Michigan Artist Directory is a comprehensive database of visual artists, poets, musicians, actors, craftspeople and other creatives who live and work in the state. The data is easily sorted to locate specific creative disciplines or regions of the state. The many competitions, corporations and municipalities that contact ArtServe each week in search of artists may now purchase a customized set of mailing labels in order to reach them.

There is no cost for a Michigan artist to register for the Michigan Artist Directory. Artists should call (248) 557-8288 Ext. 14 to receive a registration form through the mail. A statewide drive to locate artists is now underway, in an effort to create the most comprehensive directory possible. A number of cultural organizations throughout the state are collaborating with ArtServe in this effort.

ArtServe Michigan offers several other opportunities to resident artists in all creative disciplines, including the Creative Artist Grant program, the only statewide grant program for individual artists. In its Virtual Gallery at ArtServeMichigan.Org, Michigan artists who are paid members of ArtServe Michigan may feature their actual works online. ArtServe also offers workshops on grant writing and other topics.

For more information about the Michigan Artist Directory and other services to artists, contact Robert Schefman at (248) 557-8288 Ext. 14.

ArtServe Michigan, an independent statewide organization, builds support for the arts, artists and cultural activities among citizens of Michigan through advocacy, education and services. We envision a time when arts and cultural activities are highly valued, enriching the daily lives of individuals and communities throughout the state. To that end, ArtServe works to create an environment supportive of arts and cultural activities, encourages quality education in the arts in both schools and communities, and provides needed support services for artists, community arts organization and cultural institutions.

Metro Detroit Office
17515 West Nine Mile Road, Suite 250
Southfield Michigan 48075-4426
(248) 557-8288 | Fax (248) 557-8581

Lansing Office
913 West Holmes Road, Suite 160
Lansing, Michigan 48910-0411
(517) 272-2336 | Fax (517) 272-3013