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Minigrant Program - Professional or Organizational Development (POD)

Grants to Michigan Arts and Cultural Nonprofits, Artists, and Art
Professionals to Support Ongoing Education and Leadership Development

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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)

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01/15/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $1,500 to Michigan nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, and arts professionals to support ongoing education and leadership development. Funding may be used for conferences, training, education, and consultation services. The purpose of funding is to improve management practices and facilitate artistic growth.

Professional or Organization Development Minigrant (POD) provides funding to assist non-profit arts and cultural organizations, artists, arts administrators, arts educators and film professionals with opportunities that specifically improve their management and/or brings the artist or arts organization to another level artistically. The Minigrant POD program may provide Michigan arts and cultural organizations, artists, arts administrators and arts educators a presence at national conferences and workshops. 

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

  • Conferences/Education/Training – Educational opportunities for staff, board members or individual artists, arts educators, or film professionals 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.

MCACA Minigrants POD Funding may only be used for:

  • Artist, consultant, workshop, registration fees directly related to a professional development opportunity
  • Travel (in or out of state)
  • Meals and Lodging
  • Project-related Materials

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182129

Estimated Size of Grant:

Professional or Organization Development Minigrant (POD) provides up to $1,500.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects and expenditures must occur and be complete within the MCACA grant period (Fiscal Year 2021): October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Michigan registered nonprofit arts and cultural organizations or individual artists, arts administrators, arts educators, and film professionals with a Social Security Number are eligible in this program. Organizations must be physically located in the state of Michigan and Individuals must be residents of the State of Michigan. 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 these 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. Graduate or undergraduate level courses in a degree or certificate-granting program, where credits or degrees are sought, are not eligible.

Individual applicants must have a valid social security number.

Applicants with unmet obligations on prior grants (late/incomplete reports) may not be eligible.

For ineligible uses of funding, see POD Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted on-line through the SmartSimple system by: January 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. EST (Round 2).

Please note, not all Regions have Round 2 funding. Please contact your Regional Services Agency to confirm if Round 2 funding is available before submitting an application.

It is strongly recommended that applicants begin the online application before the due date, in order to handle any unforeseen developments that may prevent a timely submission.

Applicants are eligible to receive funding for one POD Minigrant per fiscal year.

Grant awards must be matched on a 1:4 (25% match) basis with a cash and/or in-kind match. Grants awarded must not exceed 75% of total project cost up to $1,500. For additional information on matching funds, see POD Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

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Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

Contact your Regional Service Agency or Program Manager Jackie Lillis-Warwick ( or 517-335-0676) if you have questions.

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