Region 9 Grantee Resource Page


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 – Click on this link.

  • 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)

Congratulations on earning a minigrant!

You have been granted your wish! A Region 9 minigrant. Congratulations.

If only grants were the results of wishes! We know they take time and effort. Even after earning a grant there is more to do: contracts, record-keeping, acknowledging your funder and completing your final reports all while managing your project!

This page should assist you in your grant management. It should have all the  the items and resources you’ll need right up to your final report.

FY2020 Contract Forms and Requirements

FY2020 Final Report Forms and Requirements

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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

Be a reviewer! Please complete this quick and easy application

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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