Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs announces grant workshops

January 28, 2016  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) today announced its grant program workshop schedule for Fiscal Year 2017 programs.

One will be held April 26 at 10 a.m. at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba.

“As the arts and cultural field continues its unprecedented growth in Michigan, the grant programs we are offering to the field are becoming more competitive every year,” said MCACA Executive Director John Bracey. “These workshops, and the amazing staff that facilitate them, offer organizations a real glimpse into how to be successful at a grant review. To me that is so important because the organizations that compete for, and then receive these grants, are then in turn able to ensure families have opportunities to do things together, to learn about their heritage, to express themselves and think critically and just have some fun. Simply put, they make Michigan better.”

MCACA will be conducting free informational workshops on grant guidelines and the application process for potential applicants throughout the state in April in anticipation of the June 1, 2016 deadline. Workshop attendance is not required for grant applicants; however, updated guidelines and application process changes will be reviewed at each meeting, so attendance is encouraged. Pre-registration or RSVPs are not required.

MCACA will offer grants through five programs:

• Operational Support – Provides specific operational support to arts and cultural organizations only. Municipalities, schools and non-arts nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply in the Projects Support category. MCACA defines arts and cultural organizations as those organizations whose primary mission is to provide an experience, including a learning experience that is based in a specific arts or cultural discipline.

• Project Support – Provides funding for specific arts projects conducted by non-profit organizations, municipalities and educational institutions and other organizations that utilize the talents and creativity of professional artists or arts educators in all arts disciplines to advance the creative, cultural and economic environment of the state.

• Capital Improvements – Provides funding assistance to Michigan nonprofit arts organizations and municipalities for the expansion, renovation or construction of cultural facilities; upgrade of equipment and furnishing to provide a competitive and up-to-date environment; equipment and instrument acquisitions that are integral to the implementation of events and services.

• Arts in Education Residency – provides funding assistance to K-12 educational institutions for arts education residencies designed to introduce or enhance student knowledge of and participation in a particular art form such as: dance, theatre, music, creative writing, storytelling, visual arts (including video and graphic design), or traditional folk arts, by bringing a professional teaching artist into the educational setting for a designated amount of time.

• Mini-grants – A partnership between the MCACA and 19 regional re-granting agencies throughout the state. There are two components of the Mini-grant program, Arts Projects and Professional Development grants. These are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs as well as increase public access to arts and culture.

• New Leaders – Provides funding assistant to support projects and/or collaborations focusing on the engagement, retention and mentoring of young people in Michigan.

Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities are eligible to apply for projects that would take place between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Information about specific grant programs as well as the guidelines is available on the web at

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