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LMB Announces Micro-Grant Program

FB-ImageLMB 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!
 
In 2017, LMB granted up to $12,000 in Micro-Grants. The Micro-Grants are funded by the proceeds of LMB Tours
 
LMB has a targeted interest in:
 
We currently do not fund:
 
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.
 
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Deadline 
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.
 
Reporting Requirements
 
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: 
• 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
 
Repayment Policy
 
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.
 
Download a pdf of the Micro-Grant Description.