Category: LMB News
Published on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 15:31
Written by Aneta
LMB is thrilled in the results of the first year of the Micro-Grant Program! The Micro-Grant Program will provide financial assistance to individuals and organizations who implement creative projects that promote bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on Michigan roadways. Micro-Grant funds will be awarded annually in May in celebration of National Bike Month.
Grants ranged from $200 - $2000. The Micro-Grants are small by design in order to support innovation and encourage groups who may have limited resources to dedicate towards fund development. Micro-Grant funds can be used to support start-up projects or to help existing efforts reach their next milestone. The application and reporting processes are designed to be short, simple, and unintimidating. We want you to focus on your campaigns, not filling out extraneous paperwork!
LMB has a targeted interest in:
- Projects focused on bicycle safety
- Campaigns focused on efforts to increase ridership – especially among youth, women, and underserved communities
- Applications related to on the ground advocacy efforts that stimulate community action towards policy change
- Innovative projects that demonstrate creativity and that can serve as a model for other bicycling advocates and communities across Michigan
- For other requests, please contact us
We currently do not fund:
- Trail or mountain biking infrastructure projects (We will, however, consider proposals to install bicycle parking and fix-it stations other trail amenities that encourage ridership.)
- Share the road signs
- Bicycle tours/rides/races
- General or ongoing organizational support
- Campaigns for political candidates
Who can apply?
Micro-grant funds are open to all Michigan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Individuals, clubs, or other entities without an official 501(c)(3) designation will be considered if accompanied by a fiscal sponsorship agreement with an established nonprofit.
Grant applications from LMB members are given highest priority. If you or your organization are not currently a member, please consider joining in conjunction with your application or at www.LMB.org/join.
Grants must be applied for in advance of the opportunity. Retroactive requests will not be accepted.
How to apply
To apply, please download and complete a LMB Micro-Grant Application
. Completed applications must be forwarded via email to
with a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) designation letter or fiscal sponsorship agreement letter. Optional additional documents, such as letters of support, may also be submitted via email.
Grant applications will be accepted until May 5th, 2017. Micro-Grant awardees will be notified by May 12. Micro-Grant funds will be distributed at a ceremony during LMB’s Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day on May 24th at the State Capitol. Grant awardees are strongly encouraged to attend the ceremony.
LMB requests that all grant recipients keep us updated on the progress of their projects. Grant recipient expectations include:
• A short write up (400 words or less) explaining your project. Things to include:
- Outcome: what did your project build, improve, develop or accomplish?
- Who participated: identify volunteers, supporters, businesses, other groups who helped make your project a reality, including any political support received
- Benefits to the community, including economic impact if information is available
- Impact on ridership, safety, etc.
- Keys to success and lessons learned: help us help others with what worked and what did not
- Summary of media coverage, if applicable
• Photos (we really love pictures of people riding bicycles)
• Mention of LMB in traditional media and/or social media outlets
• Include LMB name/logo on applicable print and digital materials
• Include “Project made possible by League of Michigan Bicyclists” on all projects
• A short thank you letter to share with our donors that briefly explains your project or campaign
We do not expect to be repaid for awarded grants unless you are unable to complete the project and reporting requirements within one year, in which case LMB reserves the right to request repayment in full.