MCACA 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 to address local arts and cultural nonprofit needs and increase public access to arts and culture.

Region 9 Counties

Hillsdale
Jackson
Lenawee
Livingston
Monroe
Washtenaw

Minigrant Program

Arts & Cultural Projects

Professional & Organizational Development Grants

Application Deadline

There is only ONE ROUND of minigrants in Region 9

August 3, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EDT August 3, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Funding period October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019 October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

 

Who is eligible to apply Arts & cultural nonprofits registered in Michigan Arts & cultural nonprofits registered in Michigan

 

*if donations are included in the grant budget the nonprofit must also be a 501c3 *if donations are included in the grant budget the nonprofit must also be a 501c3

 

Michigan K-12 public & private schools Artists & creative individuals residing in Michigan

 

Michigan municipalities Arts & creative educators residing in Michigan

 

Michigan universities & colleges  

Arts & creative professionals residing in Michigan

 

Maximum grant request amount $4,000 $1,500
Required grant match 1:1 – 100% match from cash and/or in-kind sources 1:4-25%  from cash and in-kind sources

 

for example – $2,400 grant received.

Applicant must match $2,400 from cash and/or in-kind sources.

for example – $1,400 grant received.

Applicant must match $350 from cash and/or in-kind sources.

Grant payout schedule 75% upon submission of signed contract, revised budget and letters to legislators.  

75% upon submission of signed contract, revised budget and letters to legislators.

 

25% upon submission and acceptance of final report.  

25% upon submission and acceptance of final report.

 

Final report due 30 days following the close of the grant. 30 days following the close of the grant.

Arts & Cultural Project Minigrant Details – (see guidelines for full details)

The Arts & Cultural Projects Minigrants program is a competitive grant program that provides support for production, presentation and creation of arts and culture that promotes public engagement, diverse and excellent, lifelong learning and the strengthening or livability of communities through locally developed arts and culture.

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

Professional & Organizational Development Minigrant Details – (see guidelines for full details)

The Professional or Organizational Development (POD) Minigrant program is a competitive grant program that assists nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, administrators and artists with opportunities that specifically improve their management and/or brings the artist or the arts organization to another level professionally or artistically. POD grants cam also provide Michigan artists and arts and cultural administrators/professionals a presence at national conferences and workshops.

The Council recognizes the importance of on-going executive education and leadership development for professional arts and cultural administrators, artists and organizations.

POD grants may be used to fund the following:

  • Conferences/Education/Training – Educational opportunities for staff, board members or artists to increase knowledge and skills that support the mission of the organization or the work that they do
  • Working with a consultant – Funding for a consultant to provide assistance with strategic planning, coalition building, fundraising planning, needs assessment, grant writing, or board governance.

Learn from the Experts – Attend a Minigrant Writing Session

The Arts Alliance is hosting free Minigrant workshops on the guidelines and application process for interested Region 9 applicants. Included will be information about the guidelines, the online application tools and helpful hints on what reviewers look for in applications.

Click here to register for a workshop

Registration is encouraged but not required.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
2-4 p.m.
Riverside Art Center
76 N Huron Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
6:30-8 p.m.
Howell Opera House
123 W. Grand River Avenue
Howell, MI 48843

Friday, June 8, 2018
2-3:30 p.m.
Lenawee Now
5285 US-223
Adrian, MI 49221

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
6-7 p.m.
Jackson County Library – Carnegie Branch
244 W. Michigan Avenue
Jackson, MI 49203

Thursday, June 14, 2018
3 – 4 p.m.
Milan DDA/Main Street Downtown
17 W. Main Street
Milan, MI  48160

How to Apply:

All applicants must use the MCACA online application process. The online application can be found at egrant.net. 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 Data Arts Project, which can be accessed at Data Arts. Three years of data must be submitted.

Who decides?

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. The Arts Alliance does not have any say in which applications are funded.

Interested in Serving on a Minigrant Review Panel?

Serving as a minigrant reviewer is a great way to learn about grant writing and review 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 regional arts organizations, their projects and goals. People interested in serving on a minigrant review panel should fill out this form and email it to info@a3arts.org.

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

Guidelines for all MCACA grant applications can be found here.