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, 2016 and September 30, 2017 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

A grant writing workshop and informational overview about the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Minigrant program and guidelines for 2018 funding will be held on Thursday, June 29, 10-11:30 at the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Minigrants up to $4,000 are available to organizations for arts and cultural projects; and up to $1,500 available to arts and cultural organizations, individual artists and arts administrators to support professional and organizational development. All minigrants are to be used between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.

Deadline to apply is August 3, 2017 at Grant training sessions are open to all interested in applying for funding.

The workshop will be conducted by Mary Bevans Gillett, regrant coordinator for MCACA Region 2 which includes Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties. Additional sessions will be slated in July in the Little Traverse and Cadillac/Manistee areas.

Private, remote or small group sessions can also be scheduled. Guidelines are available online at or by pdf at

MCACA Grant Application Guidelines

The application period to apply for Operational Support, Project Support, Capital Improvements, and Arts in Education Residency grants has passed for Fiscal Year 2017. Grant criteria, application instructions, and additional updates can be found on the MCACA website

Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities are able to apply for arts and cultural projects taking place between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.  The opportunity has passed to apply for MCACA grant applications for Operational Support, Project Support, Capital Improvements and Arts in Education Residencies.

For detailed guidelines and application instructions for Arts Projects Minigrants click here, or for Professional or Organizational Development Minigrants click here.

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 further information, local workshop information, and technical assistance, contact NorthSky’s MCACA regrant coordinator Mary Bevans Gillett at or (231) 883-8388.