Grants and Funding Opportunities

Over $1.2 trillion will be available to communities, states, non-profits, and other entities through the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), and over $6.5 billion in Michigan through the state’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. This presents substantial opportunities for Michigan communities to access and deploy long-needed resources to improve local economies and well-being.

The National League of Cities maintains a Local Infrastructure Hub with grant funding information and opportunities to participate in grant “bootcamp” programs. Take advantage of this resource to search for opportunities by topic and other criteria!

If you have questions about a specific project and potential funding options, email [email protected] and one of our team will try to help direct you to relevant programs.

In our work with communities through our ServeMiCity program, the League has encouraged members to take advantage of the billions of dollars in state and federal funding to make investments in their communities that improve the short and long-term wellbeing of their residents. But we have consistently heard that many communities lack the staff capacity and expertise to prepare successful funding applications.

To help address this need, the Michigan Municipal League released a Request for Qualifications in December, 2022 for professional grant writers who would be interested and potentially available to help member communities prepare competitive funding applications. We have compiled a roster of qualified grant writers who responded to our request, including contact and rate information. We encourage communities to use existing ARP or other local funding as needed to seek external help in applying for additional funding. A small investment in this capacity may leverage additional state and federal resources to support your local projects.

Check out the ServeMiCity Resources and Workshops pages for additional tools on helping your community be “grant ready” and prepare successful grant applications.