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Operational Support Grant

Grants to Michigan Arts and Cultural
Nonprofits for General Operating Support

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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 to Michigan nonprofit arts and cultural organizations to help cover general operating expenses. Funding may be requested to support most aspects of a qualifying organization’s annual operating costs. Grant sizes will be based on the organization's annual revenues. Allowable expenses include the following:

-Salaries, wages, honoraria, artist fees, internships, artist residencies Marketing expenses
-Supplies, including performance or other production costs Administrative fees
-Administrative fees
-Equipment rental
-Space rental
-Technology costs, excluding the purchase of equipment
-Facility maintenance, excluding permanent structural or other permanent capital improvements
-Costs related to market research, visitor studies, strategic planning
-Recording costs

The Operational Support Program provides support exclusively to arts and cultural organizations throughout Michigan. These organizations connect with people and the world around them by exploring, sharing and supporting creative expression.

For details on Grantee Responsibilities and Requirements, see the Guidelines:

Veterans Affairs:

The Council encourages organizations to provide veterans of all eras and all branches of the military with opportunities in the arts. Providing both a foundation for their work and freedom to pursue it as they see fit, is the best means to bringing quality work forward while maintaining assistance to veterans and artists.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181007

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants to the Operational Support category must select the appropriate Tier (reflected in the request amount) based on the unrestricted revenues (no in-kind) listed on the Funders Report. The Funders Report show financials based on a three year history, for this grant cycle the report must reflect fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017. The table below reflects the five different tier levels. Remember, grant requests cannot exceed 50% of the total unrestricted revenues.

Tiers Based on CDP Funders Report - Maximum Request:

Tier I - $15 million and above: $60,000
Tier II - $5 - $14.99 million: $50,000
Tier III - $1 - $4.99 million: $40,000
Tier IV - $250,001 to $999,999: $30,000
Tier V - $10,000 to $250,000: $25,000

Term of Contract:

Grant awards must be expended between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

As an eligible organization in the Operational Support program you must meet following applicant requirements:
1. Must be a nonprofit, tax exempt agency, 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
2. Must be incorporated in the State of Michigan at the time of the application.
3. Must be physically located in Michigan, with the majority of arts programming, services or activities taking place in Michigan and must primarily serve and engage Michigan audiences and participants.
4. Must have an operating history as a Michigan based arts/cultural organization for three consecutive years before applying.
5. Must have a DUNS number.
6. Must operate and provide arts services/programs directly for the benefit of the public.
7. Must have three consecutive years reflecting a minimum of $10,000 in unrestricted revenue (no in-kind), as supported by the Funders Report.

The MCACA defines Arts and Cultural organizations as those organizations whose primary mission is to promote and provide connections through creative expression by sharing creative experiences, expressing creativity or promoting connections.

For a list of eligible types of organizations, see the Guidelines:

Organizations not eligible to apply in this category include:
-Organizations whose primary mission does not focus on areas of art or culture
-For-profit organizations
-K-12 schools
-Religious organizations
-College/Community College/University departments and programs that concentrate primarily on student degree granting activities

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are to be submitted on-line by 11:59 PM 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.

Grants awarded must be matched on a 1:1 cash basis only. Grant requests cannot exceed 50% of the total unrestricted revenues (no in-kind).

All applicants are required to submit a $50.00 nonrefundable application fee.

All applicants in the Operational Support program must participate in Data Arts:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Jeff Garrett, Community Development Program Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan