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Minigrant Program - Professional or Organizational Development (POD)

Grants to Michigan Arts Nonprofits, Artists, and Arts
Professionals for Career and Organizational Development

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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)

Deadline Date:

01/15/19 11:59 EST


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Grants of up to $1,500 to Michigan arts nonprofits, artists, and arts professionals to support ongoing education and leadership development. Funding is available for conferences, training programs, and education. Applicants may also request support to work with a consultant for organizational development.

The Minigrant program is a partnership between the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Regional Regranting Agencies throughout the state. 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 provide funding to 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 provides Michigan, its artists and arts administrators/professionals a presence at national conferences and workshops.

Funding Basics:

The Minigrant program is a competitive grants-giving partnership funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and administered by Regional Regranting Agencies located within fifteen (15) regions determined by county(ies).

The two 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. A brief list of professional development opportunities can be found on page 19.

-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

Veterans Affairs:

Veterans provide the workforce with a high-level skill set built through brave service to America. They bring the advantages of being immersed in a training environment, and their technical skills, strengths in strategic thinking, and versatility are just a few of the very tangible talents that make them valuable to any employer.

The arts are also a powerful, therapeutic tool in the healing process for many combat veterans reintegrating back into society and transitioning back into civilian life.

Therefore 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.

Minigrant Professional or Organizational Development Review Criteria:

The Minigrant POD program cannot be geared toward the creation of a specific art project nor the purchase of equipment, but must clearly demonstrate how the proposal will benefit the organization or individual in the long-term. POD grants are strictly intended to assist organizations, arts administrators, individual artists and arts educators with unique experiences directly related to career or organizational development. POD grants support a variety of nonprofit organizational and individual needs, which strengthen the capacity of the organization or individual to better themselves and/or the community. MCACA funding may be used to attend out of state conferences, workshops, seminars or hire short-term consultants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182129

Estimated Size of Grant:

POD applicants can request a maximum of $1,500.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects and expenditures must occur and be complete within the MCACA grant period: October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You must be able to answer YES to all of the following questions.
-Is the applicant an arts & cultural organization registered as a nonprofit in the state of Michigan that has tax-exempt status OR applying as an individual arts administrator, arts educator, or professional artist with a valid social security number?
-Is the applicant’s organization physically located or address in the state of Michigan?
-Will the proposed opportunity occur during FY19, Oct. 1, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2019?


Michigan registered nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, arts administrators, arts educators, 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. Graduate or undergraduate level courses in a degree or certificate granting program, where credits or degree are sought, are not eligible.

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 FY19 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A grant workshop is scheduled for June 6, 2018.

Pre-Application Information:

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.

All applicants that are arts and cultural organizations are strongly encouraged, but not required, to participate in Data Arts’ Cultural Data Profiles:

Applications are to be submitted on-line through eGrant by:
-Round 1: 11:59 PM EST, August 3, 2018
-Round 2: 11:59 PM EST, January 15, 2019

Not all Regions offer Round 2 funding. Please contact your Regional Regranting Agency to confirm if Round 2 funding is available. The eGrant system will close after the deadline and no longer allow applications to be submitted or revised.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

John Bracey, Executive Director

Jeff Garrett, Community Development Program Manager

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913

Phone: 517.241.4011
Fax: 517.241.3979

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USA: Michigan