Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Minigrants

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) minigrants are available to Michigan arts and cultural nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities for projects, professional development, and school bus trips, equipment and supplies. Granting period is October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.

The Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network is the Regional Regrantor for Region 2 (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee & Wexford)

The following Minigrant opportunities are available for FY21:

  • Project Minigrants (up to $4,000)
  • Professional & Organizational Development – “POD” – Minigrants (up to $1,500)
  • Arts Trek – School Bus Minigrants (up to $500 for transportation to arts and cultural experiences)
  • School Art Supplies & Equipment Minigrants (up to $1,500)

Applications for Minigrant Projects and PODs are due each year on August 3. Individual artists, arts educators and arts administrators are able to apply for POD minigrants in addition to nonprofit organizations. If all funds are not used in August, a Round 2 will be offered with a 1/15 deadline. There is no guarantee for a Round 2. Applications for FY21 Minigrant PODS are closed for FY21.  The next POD opportunity will deadline on 8/3/2021.

Round 2 FY21 Minigrant Project applications are open. Deadline is 1/15/2020. See Guidelines box below.

School minigrants applications are open for funding requests to assist with school art supplies, arts equipment or buses for field trips. Applicants must be Michigan accredited PreK-12 educational institutions, including public, non-public and private schools, home school, local and intermediate school districts, regional educational services agencies and accredited Head Start programs.

Applications for school bus and school art equipment and supplies opened 8/25/2020 and are being accepted on a rolling basis until all funding utilized.

Grant Guidelines & Information  Link to guidelines and support materials below.

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Call for Artists: McLaren Northern MI Foundation

Artists Info (Zoom): 10/7/2020, 7pm

Deadline: 10/26/2020

Call for Artists:  McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation would like to visually celebrate, through the eyes of area artists, northern Michigan and the special place it holds in the hearts of all who reside in or visit the region. On behalf of the Foundation, Distinctive Art Source, a consulting firm specializing in art programs for health care settings, will carefully select over 300 pieces of artwork for purchase and installation in the new wing on the Petoskey campus, scheduled to open early Summer 2021. 
Artwork will be chosen for therapeutic properties benefitting its viewers, including patients, visitors and staff. Selected art content will reflect the natural beauty of northern Michigan along with the outdoor lifestyle that provides multi-generational family enjoyment. Art content may include regional lakes and rivers, farmland, orchards and vistas, flora and fauna native to northern Michigan, beloved local landmarks, festivals and events, and outdoor recreation such as boating, skiing, biking, and fishing.
Artists Info (Zoom): 10/7/2020, 7pm
Deadline: 10/26/2020

Rotary Charities of Traverse City

DEADLINE March 2021
Systems Change Accelerator & Assets for Thriving Communities Grants

Changemaker Fellowships
Seed Grants

Contact: Rotary Charities, info@rotarycharities.org

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Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

Link to the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs site for all MCACA grant opportunities.

– Grants for Arts in Education, Capital Improvement, New Leaders, Arts Projects, Operational Support. (Due 6/1 annually)

– Minigrants for Arts & Cultural Projects, Professional & Organizational Development. (Due 8/3 annually; possible 2nd round due 1/15 only if funding available.) * REGION 2 WILL HOLD A ROUND 2 FOR MINIGRANT PROJECTS Due 1/15/2021

– OPEN FALL 2020: Minigrants for Arts Trek School Bus field trips to arts/cultural sites, school arts supplies and equipment
(Link to app & info in MCACA buttons above)


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U.S. Artist Relief Fund

Artist Relief is offering grants up to $5,000 to individual artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Running through September 2020.

Michigan Humanities Council Grants

Currently Open:

Arts & Humanities Touring Grants
Up to $3,000, for costs of touring performers, artists, exhibitors, and humanities presenters.

Humanities Grants
Two funding cycles, Fall & Spring. Grants up to $15,000 for Humanities proposals.
Next Deadline: August 27, 2020

Action Grants
Great Michigan Reads Action Grants
Up to $750 to support public humanities programs.

Crosshatch Artist Relief Fund

Crosshatch has raised and distributed over $25,000 in emergency aid to artists in Northwest Lower Michigan. There continues to be significant need.

Artists can apply right now—the application is short and simple. All we ask is that you have real need, and meet the qualifying standards.

Funding individual artists (not non-profits or institutions) who earn 33% or more of their income from their art, who have lost income because of COVID-19 related cancellations, and who live in one of the following counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau.

Crosshatch will pay out funds to qualifying applications in the order they are received, on a weekly basis, until the funds are depleted. You may apply once, with a maximum request of $500. These are emergency funds to be used for hardship.

Link or see: crosshatch.org/emergency for application

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