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Program for Operational and Project Support (POPS)

Grants for Arts & Culture Programming and Activities

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The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

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Grants totaling an approximate $2 million to strengthen and support arts and culture programming and activities. The purpose of this funding is to encourage, develop and facilitate artistic, creative, and cultural activity in Michigan. Supports arts education and aims to: Recognize, reflect and celebrate cultural pluralism and broaden cultural understanding; Establish and facilitate communications networks; Increase visibility and awareness of the arts and culture; Encourage new, creative and innovative works of art; and Expand funding resources.

Applicants may apply for operational support or program support. Operational support is awarded to arts and cultural organizations ONLY. The focus of the Projects Category is to provide quality arts and cultural, as well as educational, projects to citizens across the state. This category funds specific arts projects conducted by nonprofit organizations, municipalities and educational institutions and other organizations that utilize the
talents and creativity of professional artists or artist educators in all arts disciplines to advance the
creative, cultural and economic environment of the state.

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GrantWatch ID#: 123990

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$5,000 - $20,000 (up to $7,500 for Project Support; up to $20,000 for Operational Support)


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities are eligible to apply. Applicants must be incorporated in the State of Michigan. They must also ensure that no part of net earnings benefit a private individual. Donations to the organizations must be allowable as a charitable contribution under section 170c of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended.

Pre-Application Information:

There are two (2) separate categories within the program: Operational Support and Project Support. Applicants may apply to only one of these categories.

Applicants must make a 1:1 cash match.

Applicants to the POPS must include a $50.00 nonrefundable application fee.

All MCACA POPS applicants must register with the Cultural Data Project, MCACA will verify registration before applications will be considered for funding. If an organization receives an award, a funder report must be submitted to receive the first payment.

Applicants must apply using the online E-grant system. Go to (no www.)

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Carolyn Damstra, Program Manager,
(517) 241-3968

300 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913
(517) 241-4011
fax: 517-241-3979

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USA: Michigan