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Minigrant Program - Arts Projects

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Municipalities, Schools, and IHEs
for Local Arts and Cultural Projects 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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Matching grants of up to $4,000 to Michigan nonprofit organizations, municipalities, schools, and IHEs located in Eaton, Ingham, and Clinton Counties for high-quality arts and cultural projects. Funding is intended to increase access to arts and cultural activities and address local arts and cultural needs.

Funding may be used for the following only:

- Artist 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 or materials, including performance, or other production costs
- Project-related curriculum materials

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

In general, applicants should meet the following criteria (all not required):

- Have a history of successful programming
- Support local artists or creators of culture
- Have achievable outcomes and feasible performance measurements
- Have strong community support
- Have commitment to cross-cultural understanding and diversity through programming, and also board, staff, and audience development
- Participate in effective partnerships and collaborations with cultural and non-cultural organizations
- Support arts education and youth development
- Committed to the public's well-being as exhibited in programming, processes, and transparent communications

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182130

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are for up to $4,000, not to exceed 50% of the project cost.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Michigan registered nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges/universities 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.

Applicants must be located in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.

Federal/State agencies 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-state and 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

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

Grants require a 1:1 match, cash or in-kind.

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

Arts Project applicant organizations are encouraged to participate in the Michigan Cultural Data Project (CDP) as a part of their grant submission. More information and a list of training sessions for CDP is available online at:

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