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Minigrant Program - Professional or Organizational Development (POD)

Grants to Michigan Arts Nonprofits, Administrators, and Artists
for Career or Organizational Development in Eligible Counties

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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) - Arts Council of Greater Lansing

Deadline Date:

01/15/18 11:59 EST


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Grants of up to $1,500 to Michigan arts and cultural nonprofits, arts administrators, and professional artists located in Eaton, Ingham, and Clinton Counties for activities that will enhance the level of artistic quality or improve business management. These grants are strictly intended to assist with unique experiences directly related to career or organizational development.

Eligible uses of funds include:

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. A short list of professional development opportunities can be found on page 19 of the Guidelines (see Supporting Documents below).

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 be used for the following purposes as they relate to the above activities:
- Travel (in or out of state), meals, and lodging
- Project supplies or project-related materials

The Funding Source encourages activities that will positively affect and be accessible to underserved communities, veterans, and people with disabilities.

Minigrant review criteria:

1. Professional Development Merit – worth 45 points at the review
- Describe the professional development opportunity for which you are requesting MCACA support, including the name and presenting organization of the training, consultant, workshop or conference
- Acknowledge who will be attending the professional development activity, and their role within the organization, if applicable
- Clearly state the parameters of activity(ies), including a time-table or schedule of activities showing when, where, how and for how long the activity(ies) will take place

2. Professional or Organizational Impact – worth 45 points at the review
- Briefly describe the purpose/importance of your request to the individual’s or organization’s professional goals (including short and long-term goals)
- Opportunity has the potential to significantly affect or enhance applicant’s ability, career, artistic development, technique, or managerial skills.
- Explain how information could be disseminated to your colleagues and/or the public-at-large (if applicable)

3. Supplemental Material – worth 10 points at the review
- Provide all of the required and supplemental attachments in PDF format
- Upload a detailed Project Budget for the proposed project (applicants are required to use the budget template in the eGrant system)
- Include attachments which are complete, relevant, strengthen the application, and show evidence

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182129

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,500, not to exceed 75% of the total cost of the project

Term of Contract:

Activities must take place between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are 501c3 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, arts administrators, and professional artists located in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. Federal/State agencies are not eligible.

A graduate or undergraduate level course in a degree or certificate program where credits or a degree are sought are not eligible.

Applicants with unmet obligations on current grant agreements are not eligible.

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-country travel

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are to be submitted on-line through eGrant by:

Round 1 – 11:59 p.m. EST, August 3, 2017
Round 2 – 11:59 p.m. EST, January 15, 2018

Not all Regions offer Round 2 funding. Please contact your Regional Regranting Agency to confirm if Round 2 funding is available.

Grants require a 25% cash or in-kind match requirement.

Applicants must provide their DUNS number. For more information, go to:

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to participate in the Cultural data project:

This program is offered through regional regranting agencies. Please contact your region to ensure eligibility for this funding round (see Contact Information below).

Contact Information:

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

New applicants may register and apply online here:

Returning applicants may log in here:

Meghan Martin, Region 7 Agency Contact
South Central (Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties)

Arts Council of Greater Lansing
1208 Turner St.
Lansing, MI 48906

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties