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FY22 Minigrant Zoom Workshops

Attendees report scoring much higher on applications after attending grant workshops!

Minigrant Workshop 1

Tues., Jun 8, 2021 3:30 – 5 p.m. 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81789659182?pwd=ancyLzV3eFRiMk1xcHp3M0V0aE9vUT09

Meeting ID: 817 8965 9182 | Passcode: 615101 | Dial in 929-205-6099

Mingrant Workshop 2
Wed. Jun 16, 2021, 8:30 – 10 a.m. 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89955055089?pwd=SEVGazRVblhvek44emtWVmdDRnJPZz09

Meeting ID: 899 5505 5089 |
Passcode: 579121 | Dial in
929 205 6099

Creative Washtenaw hosts free minigrant workshops on the guidelines and application process for interested Region 9 applicants. Each session includes an overview of the guidelines, the online application tools and helpful hints on what reviewers look for in applications.

Check out these helpful workshop sessions from FY21 and other sources.

Region 9 Workshop PowerPoint

Region 9 Workshop PowerPoint PDF (printable)

MCACA Staff Video – Regranting Workshop

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@creativewashtenaw.org or 734-213-2733.

Who decides? Your peers!

Get the Inside View – Serve on a Region 9 Minigrant Review Panel

Serving as a minigrant reviewer is a fabulous way to learn about grant writing and reviewing from the funder’s perspective. Past reviewers have reported that serving on a panel improved their grant writing and helped them learn about arts and cultural programs and projects in their regions.

Creative Washtenaw convenes an independent minigrant review panel of artists, creative workers, consumers and residents representing from the Region 9 counties.

Reviewers  are charged with reviewing all submitted grant applications according to the program guidelines and criteria. The reviewers meet as a panel to discuss the applications before making funding recommendations. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Council makes the final funding decisions. Minigrant funding decisions may not be appealed.

Reviewers are required to attend a 90 minute Zoom training session.

Training dates for FY22 are:

  • Mon., July 28, 4 – 5:30 p.m
  • Wed., July 16, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

FY22 review panel session take place by Zoom.

  • Wed. Aug. 25,  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Projects
  • Thurs. Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  – POD

Questions? Contact The Arts Alliance at 734.213.2733 or info@creativewashtenaw.org.

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
Region 9 Minigrants

Creative Washtenaw serves as the regranting administrator for the MCACA’s Region 9 – Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw counties. It manages arts and cultural projects, professional and organizational development and arts and educational minigrants for eligible artists, cultural  specialists and educators, organizations, schools, nonprofits and agencies.

FY21 Michigan K-12 School
Arts Equipment & Supplies Grants

Michigan K-12 schools are eligible for grants of up to $1,500 to pay for arts equipment (including repairs of arts equipment) or supplies being used within the classroom/school setting. Michigan K-12 teachers in any arts discipline may apply for the grant including creative writing, dance, film/video, music, visual arts and theater. Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis.

Applicants must be an accredited Michigan preK-12 educational institution, public or non-public school, private school, home school, school district, intermediate school district/regional educational service agency or an accredited Head Start program.

Applicants may receive only one Art Equipment & Supplies grant per school building, per school year. In addition, the same school may not receive this grant in two consecutive years, so they should not apply.

Grants will only be awarded to one applicant per educational institution.
A certified teacher must be the primary contact.

Furniture or equipment that becomes part of the school building is not eligible.

FY21 Michigan K-12 School
Arts & Culture Trek (Bus) Grants

Michigan K-12 schools are eligible for grants of up to $500 to pay for transportation cost for an arts or culture related field trip .

The field trip must take place between October 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Applicants must be an accredited Michigan preK-12 educational institution, public or non-public school, private school, home school, school district, intermediate school district/regional educational service agency or an accredited Head Start program.

Grants will only be awarded to one applicant per educational institution.

A certified teacher leading the field trip must be the primary contact.

Travel and expenses associated with student competitions and/or performances, such as student band festivals, choir, or theatre tours are not eligible.

Private/personal transportation costs are not eligible (i.e. parent’s cars).

 FY22 Arts & Cultural Project Minigrants

  • $4,000
  • Due 5 p.m., Tues., Aug. 3, 2021
  • Produced by arts and cultural nonprofits, 501(c)3s, municipalities or preK-12 educational institutions registered in Michigan.
  • Requires a 1:1 match
  • For reference view the FY22 Arts & Cultural Project Minigrant Guidelines

Arts & Cultural Projects Minigrants provide special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs. These projects connect communities with the world by exploring, sharing and supporting creative expression. By doing so, they promote the health and well-being of communities and citizens throughout Michigan. MCACA believes that sharing creative experiences and expressing creativity build powerful connections between people, in our communities, in the world around us and in ourselves.

The Arts & Cultural Projects Minigrant program provides support for production, presentation and creation of excellent arts and culture that promotes public engagement, diversity, lifelong learning and the strengthening of communities through locally developed arts and culture.

FY22 Professional & Organizational Development Minigrants

  • $1,500
  • FY22 applications due 5 p.m., Wed, Aug. 3, 2021
  • For creative professionals, cultural specialists and arts and cultural organizations
    Arts & cultural nonprofits, 501(c) 3, registered in Michigan.
    – Artists, arts or creative worker or educator (valid SS# and Michigan address)
  • Requires a 1:4 (25%) match
  • For reference the FY22 Professional & Organizational Development Minigrant Guidelines

MCACA recognizes the importance of ongoing education, leadership, knowledge and skills development for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and professionals artists/creatives, cultural providers and educators.

Professional & Organizational Development minigrants assist nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, cultural specialists, administrators and educators with opportunities that specifically improve their management and/or bring the individual or the organization to another level artistically. In addition, the Minigrant POD program gives Michigan and individual Michigan arts and cultural organizations, artists, cultural specialists, administrators and educators a presence at national conferences and workshops.

Other Available MCACA Grants

MCACA grants due annually on June 1
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  • Operational Support Grants ($25,000 – $60,000)
  • Project Support Grants ($5,000 – $30,000)
  • Capital Improvement Grants ($5,000 – $100,000)
  • Arts in Education Grants ($5,000 – $20,000)
  • New Leaders Grants ($4,000)

Contact your State of Michigan legislator to encourage continued funding!

State of Michigan legislators vote on funding for MCACA. Let your legislator know the arts + creative industries are vital!
Find your Region 9 legislator.

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