MotorCities National Heritage Area deploys programming which preserves and promotes the automotive and labor heritage of our 10,000 square miles.

Program Missions:

Preservation
To develop partnerships that support the preservation and revitalization of our auto heritage sites, neighborhoods, and communities, fostering pride and economic development around these resources.

Education & Interpretation
To create passion for and awareness of the connections between the automobile, the workers and the history of the industry in this region through educational partnerships and interpretive presentation.

Heritage Tourism
To package and promote the auto and labor heritage experiences presented across this region via the identification and development of partnerships that expand the heritage story.

 

 

 

 
               
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Over its 20 year history, MotorCities National Heritage Area has supported grants to over 280 projects across our communities.  The $1.4 million in grants have leveraged $6 million in additional support, including countless volunteer hours. MotorCities is excited to announce two grant opportunities for 2019. Both its new Mini-Grant program as well as the Challenge Grant program are accepting applications. 

 

For either grant program: 

  • Grant applicants must be current members of MotorCities National Heritage Area and maintain that membership throughout the entirety of their proposed project.
  • Grants are not awarded to individuals, foundations or capital campaigns. Grant funds cannot be used for fundraising, lobbying or excessive food/entertainment.

 

Mini-Grant Program:

 

MotorCities is excited to announce its new mini-grant program.  Though the mini-grants are smaller awards than our traditional challenge grant program, they present an opportunity for greater impact to projects and communities across the region.

  • The program looks to award up to 10 grants with a max value of $1,500 each in this first year. Though the mini-grants are smaller awards than our traditional challenge grant program, they present an opportunity for greater impact to projects and communities across the region.
  • Mini-Grants DO NOT REQUIRE MATCH, but projects exhibiting matching funds and additional leveraging will be considered favorably.
  • Successful applicants will receive 50% of their award up front and 50% upon completion.
  • Grants are intended for short-term, high impact projects that need that extra little bit to move from concept to reality.  Examples of mini-grants might include tours, field trips, conferences, lectures, planning and studies.  
  • The mini-grant window is from 1/14/19 - 3/15/19 at 11:59 PM EST.  Grant awards will be announced by 4/1/19.

 

Challenge Grant Program:

  • Challenge grants are awarded up to $25,000
  • Successful projects can receive up to 20% of project expenses
  • Funds must be matched.  Match can include a combination of cash, in-kind, donated goods and documented volunteer services.
  • Challenge grant awards are reimbursed to recipients after exhibiting project related expenses.
  • Projects can include brick and mortar preservation and revitalization projects which meet Section 106 requirements.
  • The challenge grant window is from 1/1/19 - 2/28/19 at 11:59 PM EST.  Grant awards will be announced by 4/1/19.

 

Learn more at  www.motorcities.org/grants and programs.

 

If you have any questions about project eligibility or whether a project best fits the mini-grant or challenge grant program, please contact Grants Program Coordinator, Brian Yopp at 313-259-3425 x 307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

About MotorCities NHA:

 

The MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership is a nonprofit corporation affiliated with the National Park Service. Its mission is to preserve, interpret and promote the region's rich automotive and labor heritage. Regional programs inspire residents and visitors with an appreciation for how the automobile changed Michigan, the nation, and the world. Find MotorCities on the web atwww.motorcities.org, also visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/motorcities and follow them on Twitter/Instagram: @MotorCities.