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 August 3, 2020. 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 1/15/21 deadline. There is no guarantee for a Round 2. Applicants are encouraged to apply by 8/3. School minigrants applications open in early August. School minigrant guidelines and timeline will be available soon.  

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

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U.S. Regional Arts Resilience Fund

Arts Midwest: National recovery initiative helping under-resourced arts & culture organizations weather the COVID-19 crisis

An initiative of the United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund will award grants of $30,000 – $75,000 to small and mid-sized arts organizations in the Midwest, prioritizing organizations that are led by and serving people of color and Indigenous people, and/or led by and serving people from rural communities.

Anyone may nominate an arts organization to receive an award by filling out a simple online form before July 8th, 2020.

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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.

– Minigrants for Arts Trek School Bus field trips to arts/cultural sites, school arts supplies and equipment


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Artist Relief Fund

Offering grants up to $5,000 to individual artists impacted by 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.

2020-21 Leadership Grand Traverse Creative Coast Scholarships

Due July 10, 2020

Traverse Connect is offering up to five Creative Coast scholarships for the 2020-21 Leadership Grand Traverse (LGT) program. Scholarship will cover 90% of $2,000 tuition. LGT runs August 21, 2020 – March 18, 2021.

Link here for LGT information, scholarship application and schedule.

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