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Arts and cultural strategies help reveal and enhance the underlying identity — the unique meaning, value, and character — of the physical and social space of a community. In this way, the community character of a city, county, township, or neighborhood can be expressed through the activation of a place. 

Our placemaking activities support placemaking in the tri-county communities and include the following programs:


ENGAGE is a pilot placemaking initiative designed to assist communities in advancing placemaking projects identified by residents and community leaders. ENGAGE projects rely on community engagement and partnerships, and work to create places that instill community pride. Following the pilot period, eligibility requirements will be posted.

Public Art for Communities Grant

This program, funded by LEAP and the PNC Foundation, awards three $10,000 grants to a tri-county municipality, business or organization to commission, create and install a piece of public art for year-round public display. In order to receive funding, each community must adopt a public art policy. The policy helps communities identify important considerations when investing in public art including maintenance, installation, insurance, etc. 

Successful applicants will identify a key, central, public location that is highly visible or recognizable to a significant and regular flow of foot and car traffic. Beyond visibility, we want the public to enjoy the art and feel that the placement greatly enhances the physical aesthetic. Applicants should consider how the community will utilize, interact and feel ownership over the piece. The perfect piece should be specific to the community and its residents.

Definition of Public Art

Public Art is a uniquely created piece of physical artwork, such as a sculpture, statue, mural, or bike rack that will permanently endure the site, activities, and weather. It must not be political or obscene in nature.


  • The request for proposal is open to any municipality, business or organization located in Ingham, Eaton or Clinton Counties.
  • LEAP community and business members will be given preference.
  • Applications must be submitted by a representative of the community’s municipal body acting on behalf of the municipal body.
    • If a neighborhood organization plans to apply, they must partner with and secure a letter of support from their municipal governing body.
    • If a business plans to apply, they must partner with and secure a letter of support from their municipal governing body.
    • Municipal governments will serve as fiduciary agents.
  • Applicants need to show the existence and/or adoption of a public art policy for their community. The policy must be in progress at the time of the application and adopted by the time the award is made. Two templates of public art policies are available to help guide your policy development:

    Policy with Arts Commission
    Policy with an ad-hoc Committee
  • Art pieces must be created by an artist with additional points awarded for artists from Michigan and specifically the tri-county region.
  • Ability to complete this project within LEAP’s fiscal year, with an unveiling event taking place prior to October 31, 2020.

2020 Submission Deadline and Application

Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2020.

Please email applications to: Dillon Rush, Tri-county Development and Placemaking Manager at

Application for the Public Art for Communities Grant 

City of Lansing First Impressions Grant Program

Funded by the City of Lansing, the First Impressions Grant Program supports arts and cultural projects in order to drive community revitalization and economic development in Lansing. Grants awards range from $5,000 to $30,000.  Applicant organizations must meet eligibility criteria, must contribute to the City's "sense of place" as a part of its cultural economic development philosophy, and must produce collaborative, physical and highly visible arts projects that directly impact Lansing residents and visitors. Learn more on the Arts Council of Greater Lansing's website or contact Meghan Martin at

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