Mini-Grants

Fretail Store

The Fretail Store in the Lansing Mall offers free clothing and baby supplies to the community. It was supported by a 2023 Mini-Grant.

Mini-Grants are limited to nonprofit organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $200,000. Eligibility is verified by the Federal Tax ID number provided by the applicant.

Grant requests can include support for programming, operations, or ongoing projects, up to $5,000. Event or festival sponsorships and other time-sensitive programs are not eligible for a Mini-Grant.

Mini-Grant requests are compiled and presented to donors for consideration, as shown in this example of the 2023 Mini-Grant Funding Opportunities Catalog.

Tips for a successful mini-grant application:

  • Remember: our donors will be receiving 35-40 Mini-Grant applications for their consideration. To stand out, you will need to be clear and compelling in your request!
  • Be very concise and specific in describing the impact that the funds will have, either on your organization or those you serve.
    • Avoid phrases like “helping those in need”, “empowering youth”, or “feeding the hungry” - these are too general and do not help the donor understand what they are supporting with their funds.
    • It is very helpful if you can quantify your request with number of individuals helped, how often, for how long, etc. (Example: This grant will provide 10 meals per month to 100 low-income Lansing residents for one year). The more specific you can be, the more confidence our donors will have in choosing to fund your request.

2024 MINI-GRANT TIMELINE:

  • The 2024 Mini-Grant application period has closed. Thank you to all who have applied.
  • Mini-Grant requests are published in our Funding Opportunities Catalog and presented to potential funders several times throughout 2024 for their consideration.
  • Grant applicants will be notified right away if their project is selected for partial or full funding.
  • All Mini-Grant requests will be closed out on December 31, 2024, whether they have received funding or not.