Our Micro-Grant Program provides financial assistance to individuals and organizations promoting bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on Michigan roadways. Ranging from $200 - $2000, the Micro-Grants are small by design in order to support innovation and encourage groups who may have limited resources.

Eligibility

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. Grants must be applied for in advance of the opportunity. Retroactive requests will not be accepted.

How to Apply

Micro-grant Application

To apply, please download and complete the application below and send via email, along with a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) designation letter or fiscal sponsorship agreement letter, to info@lmb.org.  Optional additional documents, such as letters of support, may also be submitted via email.

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

Deadline – Applications will reopen in spring of 2019.

Awards Ceremony

Micro-Grant funds will be distributed at a ceremony during LMB’s Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. Grant awardees are strongly encouraged to attend the ceremony.


2018 Recipients

Micro-Grant in Action: Bike Friendly Soo

For the second year, LMB was privileged to help foster the growth of bicycling initiatives...

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Micro-Grant in Action: Common Cycle

For the second year, LMB was privileged to help foster the growth of bicycling initiatives...

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Micro-Grant in Action: Kids Repair Program

For the second year, LMB was privileged to help foster the growth of bicycling initiatives...

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2017 Recipients

Micro-Grant in Action: Boston Square Community Bikes

Mechanical Apprenticeship Program – Grand Rapids, MI For the first time ever, LMB helped to...

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Micro-Grant in Action: Back Alley Bikes

Youth Ride Club – Detroit, MI

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Micro-Grant in Action: Lansing Bike Co-op

 For the first time ever, LMB helped to foster the growth of bicycling initiatives around...

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Micro-Grant in Action: Norte!

Estrellas Balance Bike Program –  Traverse City, MI For the first time ever, LMB helped to...

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Micro-Grant in Action: Pedal Holland

8th Street Pop-Up Bike Lanes –  Holland, MI For the first time ever, LMB helped to...

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Micro-Grant in Action: PEAC

Summer Cycling Program – Yspilanti, MI For the first time ever, LMB helped to foster the...

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Micro-Grant in Action: TART Trails, Inc.

Recycle-A-Bicycle Program –  Traverse City, MI For the first time ever, LMB helped to foster the...

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Micro-Grant in Action: Tour de Troit

Public Bicycle Repair Stations & Pumps for Hamtramck – Detroit, MI For the first time ever,...

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