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Minigrant Program - Arts Project

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Municipalities,
and Schools for Local Arts and Cultural Projects

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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)

Deadline Date:

01/15/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $4,000 to Michigan nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and K-12 schools for local arts and cultural activities. Funding will support locally-driven, high-quality projects that increase public access to arts and cultural opportunities. These projects connect communities with the world by exploring, sharing and supporting creative expression, and by doing, so they promote the health and well-being of communities and citizens throughout the state.

The Minigrant program is a partnership between the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Regional Regranting Agencies throughout the state. The Arts Projects Minigrant program is a competitive grant program that provides support for production, presentation and creation of arts and culture that promotes public engagement, diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening or livability of communities through locally developed arts and culture.

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).

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


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, sociopolitical 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.

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.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182130

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minigrant Arts Projects applicants can request a maximum of $4,000 in funding.

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:

To be eligible, you must be able to answer YES to all of the following questions.
-Is the applicant an arts & cultural nonprofit or nonprofit organization registered in the state of Michigan, K-12 school, or municipality?
-Is the applicant’s organization physically located in the state of Michigan?
-Will the proposed project occur during Fiscal Year 2019, Oct. 1, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2019?


Michigan registered nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, 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.)

Any applicant that has unmet obligations on current grant agreements, such as overdue or incomplete reports or other significant problems, is 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), colleges and universities 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.

Items and expenses NOT to be included on the itemized budget 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:

A grant workshop is scheduled for June 6, 2018.

Pre-Application Information:

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

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

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

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify their legislators of their grant submission. Please note, if a grant is awarded you will be required to notify your legislators of your grant award. A copy of this letter or email must be submitted with the signed grant agreement.

Applications are to be submitted on-line through eGrant by:
-Round 1 – 11:59 p.m. EST, August 3, 2018
-Round 2 – 11:59 p.m. 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