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Minigrant Program

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Schools, Agencies, and
Individuals for Arts Activities and Professional Development

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Funding Source:

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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)

Deadline Date:

01/15/18 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to Michigan nonprofits, schools, IHEs, municipalities, individual artist administrators, and professional artists to promote local arts and cultural opportunities. The purpose of this program is to meet local arts and cultural needs and improve public access to arts and culture. Funding is also available to individuals for professional development in the arts.

There are two components of the Minigrant program:

1) Arts Project Minigrants:

Minigrant Arts Projects provide special opportunities to address arts and cultural needs locally. The grants can assist in promoting public engagement, diverse and distinctive art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening or livability of communities. Through the arts, projects can support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture and/or arts education.

Arts Projects support locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects, which are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs and increase public access to arts and culture.

Funding may ONLY be used for:
-Artists fees directly related to the project
-Salaries or wages directly related to the project
-Space rental
-Marketing or promotional expenses directly related to the project
-Project supplies and materials, including performance, or other production costs
-Project-related curriculum materials

2) Professional / Organizational Development

The Council recognizes the importance of on-going executive education and leadership development for professional arts administrators, artists and organizations.

Professional or Organizational Development (POD) Minigrants assist nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, administrators and artists with opportunities that specifically improves their management and/or brings the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically. In addition, the Minigrant POD program gives Michigan, its artists and arts administrators/professionals a presence at national conferences and workshops.

The following categories are eligible for funding under this grant program:

-Conferences/Education/Training – Educational opportunities for staff, board members or artists to increase knowledge and skills that support the mission of the organization or the work that they do.

-Working with a consultant – Funding for a consultant to provide assistance with strategic planning, coalition building, fundraising planning, needs assessment, grant writing, or board governance.

Funding may ONLY be used for:
-Artist, consultant, workshop, registration fees directly related to the development opportunity
-Travel (in or out of state), meals and lodging
-Project supplies or project-related materials

General Guidelines:

Accessibility: 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 has identified underserved counties. In addition, 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, socio-political 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172137

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Arts Projects Minigrants: Up to $4,000
-Professional Development Minigrants: Up to $1,500

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place during Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts Projects Minigrant Eligibility:

Michigan registered nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges/universities and municipalities are eligible. Organizations 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.)

Professional Development Minigrant Eligibility:

Michigan registered nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, arts administrators and professional artists are eligible in this program. Organizations 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.).

Professional artists are defined as one who is recognized by his/her peers within the discipline, has a minimum of 2 years in the discipline and is compensated for their art form. A graduate or undergraduate level course in a degree or certificate program where credits or a degree are sought is not eligible.

General Eligibility:

Applicants that have unmet obligations on current grant agreements, such as overdue or incomplete reports or other significant problems, are not eligible to apply for future funding. If any applicant fails to meet MCACA requirements on a current grant agreement, their pending application will be removed from the review process. If any applicant fails to meet MCACA requirements on a current grant, following Council approval on a FY17 application, the newly approved grant will be rescinded. Auxiliary support organizations (i.e. friends of xyz), may not apply in this grant program. Federal and State of Michigan agencies, divisions or departments are not eligible to apply for funding from MCACA.

Please be aware that there are certain expense items that are not only inappropriate for MCACA funding, but should also not be included in the itemized budget. Those items are:

-Costs associated with the start-up of a new organization
-Costs incurred prior to the grant starting date
-Indirect costs for the handling/management of grant funds and fundraising
-Purchase awards, cash prizes, scholarships, contributions or donations
-Entertainment or reception functions
-Historical projects without a clear cultural focus
-Payments to endowments
-Existing deficits, licensing fees, fines, contingencies, penalties, interest or litigation costs
-Publication, records, films of a commercial nature, i.e. works of questionable artistic value produced to realize quick market profit
-Creation of textbooks / classroom materials
-College or university faculty exhibitions or performances
-Internal programs at colleges or universities
-Commissioning of their faculty by colleges or universities
-Scholarly or academic research, tuition, or activities, which generate academic credit or formal
study toward an academic or professional degree
-Capital improvements, new construction, renovation or permanent equipment items, unless part of a Capital Improvement grant
-Out-of-state and out-of-country travel

Pre-proposal Conference:

All Minigrant applicants that are arts and cultural organizations are strongly encouraged (but not required) to participate in the Cultural Data Project:
http://culturaldata.org/

Pre-Application Information:

Arts Project Minigrants: Grant awards must be matched on a 1:1 basis with cash and/or in-kind match.

Professional / Organizational Development: Grant awards must be matched on a 1:25 basis with cash and/or in-kind match. Grants awarded must not exceed 75% of total project cost up to $1,500.

Applications are to be submitted on-line through the eGrant system by:
-Round 1: August 3, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST
-Round 2: January 15, 2018 by 11:59 PM EST

Please Note: Not all Regions have Round 2 funding. Please contact your Regional Regranting Agency to confirm if Round 2 funding is available before submitting an application.

All applicants are required to provide their Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number on the application form.

The full list of Underserved Counties may be found here:
http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://mcaca.egrant.net/login.aspx?PIID=147&OID=46

Council Staff:

John Bracey, Executive Director
517.241.3972
braceyj@michigan.org

Chad Badgero, Arts Education Program Manager
517.373.8669
badgeroc@michigan.org

Sue Carlson, Program and Financial Analyst
517.335.0664
carlsons@michigan.org

Jeff Garrett, Community Development Program Manager
517.373.1341
garrettj7@michigan.org

Alison Watson, Programs Manager
517.241.3968
watsona11@michigan.org

Adam Wheater, Program Analyst
517.241.0911
wheatera@michigan.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan