MotorCities National Heritage Area

January 23, 2019

MotorCities Announces Two Grant Programs for 2019

MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership is excited to announce two grant opportunities for 2019. Both its new Mini-Grant program, as well as the Challenge Grant program, are now accepting applications. 

“The new mini-grant program provides smaller awards than our traditional challenge grant program, but they present an opportunity for greater impact to projects and communities across the region,” said MotorCities Executive Director Shawn Pomaville-Size. “These grants are intended for short-term, high impact projects that need that extra little bit to move from concept to reality. They can include tours, field trips, conferences, lectures, planning and studies. We encourage applicants to be creative.”

A total of up to 10 mini-grants with a max value of $1,500 each will be awarded in the first year. The mini-grants do not require a match, but projects exhibiting matching funds and additional leveraging will be considered favorably. The deadline for mini-grant applications is March 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST, and grant awards will be announced by April 1.

Challenge Grants are awarded up to $25,000, and funds must be matched by a combination of cash, in-kind, donated goods and documented volunteer services. Challenge grant applications must be received by February 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST, and grant awards will be announced by April 1.

MotorCities deploys programming which preserves and promotes the automotive and labor heritage of the 10,000-square mile National Heritage Area, focusing on three areas:

  • Preservation; 
  • Education & Interpretation; 
  • And Heritage Tourism.

Learn more about both grant programs at

For any questions about project eligibility or whether your project best fits the mini-grant or challenge grant program, contact Brian Yopp at 313.259.3425 x307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..