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Michigan Arts and Culture Council
Region 9 Minigrants

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Creative Washtenaw serves as the regranting administrator for MACC'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.

Questions? Contact Creative Washtenaw at 734.213.2733 or info@creativewashtenaw.org.

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Michigan Arts & Culture Council (MACC) FY23 Cycle Underway

FY23 Arts & Cultural Project Minigrants

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. MACC 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.

FY23 Michigan K-12 School Arts Equipment & Supplies Grants

  • Grant amount - up to $1,500
  • Deadlines
    • FY23 Round 1 - Due 5 p.m., Wed., Aug. 3, 2022
    • FY23 Round 2 - Due  5.p.m. January 15, 2023. Only held if funds remain after Round 1.
  • Eligible: Michigan preK-12 educational institutions registered in Michigan.
  • Grant period: October 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023
  • Match Requirement: No match required
  • FY23 Application & Guidelines - FY23 Arts Equipment & Supplies Guidelines
  • SmartSimple - START FIRST! - All applicants must use the MACC online application process, which can be found at macc.smartsimple.com. Note: Some SmartSimple features may not be available in Internet Explorer 11. For the best experience we suggest using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari. For general instructions about navigating the SmartSimple system, click here.
  • Link to MACC's main website

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.

FY23 Professional & Organizational Development Minigrants

MACC 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.

FY23 Michigan K-12 School Arts & Culture Trek (Bus) Grants

Grant amount - up to $500

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 .

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).

Other Available MACC Grants

MACC grants are due annually on June 1.

Interested applicants can find information about each of our programs in further detail, including grant guidelines, on the MACC website, by clicking here.  This funding cycle will cover projects taking place between Oct 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023.

SmartSimple registration instructions and SmartSimple Profile instructions are included along with the guidelines for each grant program. The deadline to apply for all programs listed below is June 1, 2022 at 5 p.m. A word to the wise: start your application early! 

NEW REQUIREMENT - Complete a Section504 Self-Evaluation Workbook. A link to a fillable-PDF Workbook is available here from the NEA website: https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/SECTION504Workbook.pdf

Click here for more information on MACC grants listed below.

Now Accepting Applications for FY23:

    • 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 MACC. Let your legislators know the arts + creative industries are vital!

Find your Region 9 legislator.

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