Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs


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

The Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network is the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs regrant agency for Region 2 (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee & Wexford)

The following Minigrant opportunities are available each year:

  • 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)

Use the buttons below to link to guidelines, the MCACA Smart Simple application site, informational materials and related resources. For assistance or questions, please contact arts@nwmiarts.net.

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. The next deadline will be 8/3/2021 for FY22 Minigrant Projects & PODs.

School minigrants applications open through April 16 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 open late summer and are accepted on a rolling basis until all funding utilized or no later than 4/16/2022.

FY22 Informational Webinars & Drop-in Assistance

NW Michigan Arts & Culture Network is presenting one-hour webinars and virtual Q&A sessions through July to review guidelines and assist prospective applicants. Private consultations by phone or Zoom can also be scheduled. Contact arts@nwmiarts.net for information and Zoom link. Schedule:

Mondays, June 21 & 28, July 12 & 26 at 11 am
Fridays, June 25 & July 2, 9, 23 & 30 at 11 am

Additional MCACA Grant Opportunities

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs offers several larger grant opportunities annually. These include: Operational Support, Project Support, Capital Improvements, Arts in Education and New Leaders. Link to the MCACA site for specific program guidelines. Deadlines for all FY22 applications – other than minigrants – is 6/1/21 for funding 10/1/21-9/30/22.

Grant Guidelines & Information  

Link to guidelines and support materials below.

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