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Arts in Education (AIE) Grant Program

Grants to Michigan Schools, School Districts, and
Head Start Programs for PreK-12 Arts Education Activities

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Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) - Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)

Deadline Date:

06/01/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to Michigan PreK-12 schools, districts, educational service agencies, and Head Start programs to support school-based arts activities. Activities must enhance student participation in and knowledge of a particular art form, such as theater, dance, creative writing, music, traditional folk arts, storytelling, and visual arts (including video, media arts, and graphic design). Projects must have a hands-on learning component for student involvement.

These projects connect with students and the world around them by exploring, sharing and supporting creative expression, and by doing so they promote the health and well-being of students and citizens throughout the state.

Grantee Responsibilities and Requirements:

MCACA strives to make the arts accessible to all people and this is a priority of its funding programs. Funded organizations agree to make every attempt to ensure that programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. According to state and federal law, every publicly funded organization must place itself in the position of being able to provide accommodations when persons with disabilities make requests for services.

Underserved Counties:
It is the Council’s long-term goal to make quality arts and cultural programs and services available to all 83 counties in the State of Michigan. In order to accomplish that, MCACA places specific emphasis on underserved communities. An underserved community is defined as one in which people lack access to arts programs, services or resources due to geography, economic conditions, cultural background, sociopolitical circumstances, disability, age or other demonstrable factors. The term “community” can refer to a group of people with common heritage or characteristics, whether or not living in the same place. See Supporting Documents below for a list of underserved counties.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170563

Estimated Size of Grant:

AIE applicants can request a minimum of $5,000 or a maximum of $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must be completed within the MCACA grant period, October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


Only registered preK-12 educational institutions, including public or non-public schools, private schools, home schools, school districts, intermediate school districts, regional educational service agencies, and accredited Head Start programs are eligible.

Partnerships with outside organizations such as arts and culture groups or businesses are feasible with adequate proof the project still adheres to guidelines. Applicants must be incorporated in the State of Michigan. They must ensure 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.

(Organizations with status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code and local Units of Government meet this criteria.) A residency that simply brought an artist in to perform for an assembly is not eligible.

Projects are not meant to supplant regular classroom teachers, or serve in the absence of any on-going arts education programs.

Projects must contain hands-on and interactive activities that directly involve students in the creative process. Projects cannot be primarily performance or demonstration based on the part of an artist.

Colleges are NOT eligible to apply to the AIE grant program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are to be submitted on-line by 11:59 p.m. EST June 1, 2019. The eGrant system will not accept applications after this time. Incomplete applications will not be accepted by the eGrant system.

It is strongly recommended that you begin your online application before the due date to handle any unforeseen technical problems that may prevent a timely application.

Applicants must make a minimum 1:1 cash match to their grant award (no in-kind services are allowed). Teacher and administrative time directly related to the implementation of the project, as well as instructional time, may be used as cash match.

Applicants to the AIE program must include a $50 nonrefundable application fee.

Contact Information:

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

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Chad Swan-Badgero, Arts in Education

Alison Watson, Director

Jeff Garrett, Operational Support

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan