Region 9 Minigrants

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 for local arts and cultural organizations and those working in the field.

 

FY2020 Minigrants will be announced on Friday, October 18, 2019.

FY2021 Mingrants will be due on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Professional & Organizational Development Minigrant Details 

Up to $1,500 for Organizational & Professional Development for creative professionals and organizations
Requires a 1:.25 match (ex. If grant is $1,000, grantee must raise an additional $250 in cash or in-kind support.

Click here for the Professional & Organizational Development Minigrant Guidelines

MCACA recognizes the importance of on-going education, leadership, knowledge and skills development for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and professionals artists/creatives, cultural providers and educators.

The Professional & Organizational Development (POD) Minigrant program is a competitive grant program. Region 9. Grants may be used to fund the following:

  • Conferences, education or training
    Educational opportunities for staff, board members or artists/creatives and cultural providers 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, board governance or other eligible purposes.

Arts & Cultural Project Minigrant Details 

Up to $4,000 for Arts & Cultural Projects produced by organizations
Requires a 1:1 match (ex. If grant is $2,300, grantee must raise an additional $2,300 in cash or in-kind support.)

Click here for the FY2020 Project Minigrant Guidelines

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 Michigan. 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.
The Arts & Cultural Projects Minigrant program provides support for production, presentation and creation of excellent arts and culture that promotes public engagement, diversity, 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  Michigan. 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.

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 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.

Come back in Spring 2020 for  FY2021 Minigrants workshop times and locations:

  • The workshops are free of charge but we do request registration.

If you would like more information about upcoming workshops or would like to host a workshop, please contact info@a3arts.org

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 reviewing 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 arts and cultural programs and projects in their regions.

Reviewers must be able to attend one training sessions. FY2021 sessions will be announced in spring 2020.

Be a reviewer! Please complete this quick and easy application

Contact your Region 9 elected MI State legislators.

State of Michigan legislators vote on funding for MCACA. Contact your legislator to encourage continued funding. For a list of Region 9 legislators, click here.

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