Region 9 Minigrant Program

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 

Arts & Cultural Project Minigrant Details 

FY2020 Project Minigrant Guidelines
FY2020 Professional and Organizational Development Minigrant Guidelines

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, diversity 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. By doing so, they promote the health and well-being of communities and citizens throughout our state. MCACA believes that sharing creative experiences and expressing creativity build powerful connections between people, in our communities, in the world around us and in 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 and professionals, arts and creative educators and individual artists/creatives with opportunities to improve organizational, professional, administration, management and/or artistic/discipline knowledge and skills. POD grants can be also used to for Michigan arts and cultural administrators, professionals and artists/creatives to attend and represent Michigan at national conferences and workshops.

MCACA 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.

How to Apply

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

Learn from the Experts: Attend a Minigrant Training Session

The Arts Alliance hosts free minigrant workshops on the guidelines and application process for interested Region 9 applicants. Each session includes information about the guidelines, the online application tools and helpful hints on what reviewers look for in applications.

Training sessions will take place at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – Ellis Library, 3700 S. Custer Rd. Monroe, MI 48161 – 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019 – Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 S. Wagner Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48106 – 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – Brighton Chamber of Commerce, 218 E. Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI 48116 – 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – Clinton Arts Center, 115 W. Michigan Ave. Clinton, MI 49236 – 4:30-6 p.m.

The workshops are free of charge but we do require registration.

If you would like more information about upcoming workshops or would like to host a workshop, please contact

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.

Help Decide and Get the Inside View – Serve on a Region 9 Minigrant Review Panel

Serving as a minigrant reviewer is a fabulous 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 to apply. 

Questions? Contact The Arts Alliance at 734.213.2733 or

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