MotorCities National Heritage Area Grant Programs

How Are Grants Awarded?

2005 Grants Program Awards

2005 Mini-Grant Program Awards

2004 Grant Program Awards

2004 Mini-Grant Program Awards

2003 Grant Program Awards

2003 Mini-Grant Program Awards

2002 Grant Program Awards

2002 Mini-Grant Program Awards


“The real voyage of discovery consists not in the seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
- Marcel Proust

MotorCities National Heritage Area Grant Programs

The Grant and Mini-Grant Programs support the development of new auto heritage projects and programming that will allow residents and visitors to Experience Everything Automotive. MotorCities offers these programs so that resources are available to help create these projects. The development of auto heritage related projects is essential to MotorCities succeeding and building partnerships within the community. They allow MotorCities: 1) to further encourage and support community-based auto heritage initiatives and 2) to foster capacity building in the communities across our heritage area.

Application Download:

Grants Program 2007 Application

Mini-Grants Program 2007 Application

The two programs, the Grant and Mini-Grant Programs, currently have one annual funding cycle. To be funded in either program, proposed projects must fulfill at least one of the three main goals of MotorCities:

  1. Expand educational opportunities associated with the region's auto industry;
  2. Encourage revitalization efforts that preserve our rich auto and labor heritage; and/or
  3. Increase tourism that is tied to the auto industry and its history.

Over $1 million in new auto heritage related projects have been created by the slightly over $200,000 that MotorCities has distributed. The program is generously funded by the Big Three - DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation and an annual appeal to our Board of Directors.

Grants range between $2,500 and $10,000. Only active Stewardship Community participants may participate in this program, and each dollar in grant funds must be matched at least dollar for dollar locally.

Applications for 2005 Grants and Mini-grants are now available online or by calling the office.