MCACA Regranting

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). We administer minigrants to organizations and artists based in Region 9 – Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw County. Minigrants are special funding opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs and increase public access to arts and culture. Nonprofit organizations (arts and culture focused or not), public schools, private schools or municipalities may apply for both arts projects minigrants and professional or organizational development POD minigrants. Individual artists may apply for professional or organizational development minigrants only.

The deadline for applying for Fiscal Year 2016 funding has passed.

Arts Projects Minigrants

  • Deadline to apply: August 3, 2015
  • Project must take place between 10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016.
  • FY16 Project guidelines
  • Arts Projects Minigrants provide up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects.

Professional or Organizational Development Minigrants

  • Deadline to apply: August 3, 2015
  • Development opportunity must take place between 10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016.
  • FY16 Professional or organizational development guidelines
  • Professional or organizational development minigrants provide up to $1,500 to enable nonprofit organizations and arts professionals to acquire services or skills to strengthen the administrative infrastructure of the organization.

Guidelines for all MCACA grant applications can be found here.

How to Apply:

All applicants must use the MCACA online application process. The online application can be found at Instructions for the eGrant system can be found here and the technical requirements for the eGrant system can be found here.

Minigrant applicants are strongly encouraged (but not required) to participate in the Cultural Data Project (CDP), which can be accessed at Two years of data must be submitted.

Click here to download the MCACA logo.

Who decides?

Each minigrant application is reviewed and scored by a group of independent panelists according to the guidelines and criteria in your application packet. The panelists represent all six counties and come from a variety of arts backgrounds. The Arts Alliance does not have any say in which applications are funded. Minigrant funding decisions may not be appealed. Interested in participating as a grant review panelist? Email Allison Buck at

Serving on a Panel

Serving as a minigrant reviewer is a great way to give back to the community. It is also a great way to learn about grant writing and review from the funders’ perspective. Reviewers read and score all completed grant applications and then serve on a panel of multiple reviewers to discuss the applications and allocation funds. Many reviewers have mentioned how serving on a panel was immensely helpful when they submitted future applications. Additionally, reviewing grants is a great way to learn more about local arts organizations, their projects and goals. People interested in serving on a grant review panel should email Allison Buck at

Questions? Contact Allison Buck at 734.213.2733 or