Michigan Council for the Arts
Region 9 Minigrants

 

The Arts Alliance serves as a regional regranting agency for the minigrant program through a partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA). Minigrants are special funding opportunities for local arts and cultural organizations and those working in the field. 

NEW MCACA Portal for FY2021 Applications

MCACA introduces the SmartSimple portal for all grants, completely replacing the eGrant system. Follow the links below for details.

General SmartSimple & Minigrant Application Instructions

Register for MCACA SmartSimple here

Profile Instructions for MCACA SmartSimple

MCACA grants due annually on June 1

  • 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)

Learn from the Experts:
Attend a Minigrant Workshop

The Arts Alliance 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.

FY2021 Workshops 

Come back after June 1, 2020, to register to attend a FREE Minigrant ZOOM Workshop. We do request registration. If you would like more information about upcoming workshops, please contact info@a3arts.org

Who decides? Your peers!

The Arts Alliance convenes an independent minigrant review panel of arts and creative industries representatives from the Region 9 counties. They are charged with reviewing and scoring each application according to the guidelines and criteria in the application packet 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.

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. Reviewers read and score all submitted grant applications before attending the review panel to discuss the applications. 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.

Reviewers must be able to attend one training sessions. FY2021 sessions will be announced in spring 2020.

Questions? Contact The Arts Alliance at 734.213.2733 or info@a3arts.org.

Be a reviewer! Please complete this quick and easy application

 Arts & Cultural Project Minigrants

  • $4,000
  • Due Monday, August 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Produced by nonprofits, 501(c) 3, municipalities or preK-12 educational institutions registered in Michigan.
  • Requires a 1:1 match
  • View the FY2021 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 or livability of communities through locally developed arts and culture.

Professional & Organizational Development Minigrants

$1,500

  • Due Monday, August 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
  • For creative professionals 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:.25 match
  • View the FY2021 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 non-profit 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.

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.

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).

Contact your 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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