MCACA Grant Opportunities

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) provides grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, communities and artists throughout the state to support arts and cultural endeavors.

Funding requests are accepted for projects taking place between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 in the following categories:

  • Operational Support (arts organizations) and Project Support (non-arts organizations)
  • Capital Improvements: for facility expansion, equipment, upgrades or new construction
  • Arts in Education Residency: to provide funding assistance to educational institutions for arts education residencies
  • New Leaders: to focus on the engagement, retention, and mentoring of young people in Michigan
  • Minigrants: offering funding to Arts Projects, and Professional or Organizational Development (POD)

Workshops to outline the various grant opportunities, guidelines, timelines and requirements focused only on minigrants will be scheduled during late June and July of each year.


MCACA Minigrant Program

MCACA partners with NorthSky to administer the Minigrant program for Region 2 (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties). There are two types of minigrants offered through this program: 

  1. Arts Projects (up to $4,000) are designed to address arts and cultural needs, and increase public access to arts and culture
  2. Professional or Organizational Development (POD) (up to $1,500) are designed to build organizational capacity through professional and organizational development, and support projects that preserve, produce, or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture

Minigrant workshop

Applications for Minigrant Arts Projects and Minigrant Professional and Organizational Development (POD) are due August 3, 2018. Individual artists and arts administrators are able to apply for POD minigrants in addition to nonprofit organizations.

Grant workshops to review guidelines and grant writing strategies will be scheduled throughout the region or can be requested in small group or private meetings with the regrant coordinator.

MCACA Grant Application Guidelines

Guidelines can be accessed online on MCACA website or by contacting All grant requests and reports must be submitted via e-grant at 

All grant requests and reports must be submitted via e-grant at 

MCACA Grant Final Reports

Each MCACA grant recipient must complete a final report within 30 days of project completion. You can download instructions for completing your final report on the MCACA website.


For questions, copies of the FY2019 guidelines, technical assistance or to be added to the contact list for minigrants, the regional arts network and other arts related opportunities, please contact Mary Bevans Gillett, regrant coordinator, at 231-883-8388 or