Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) accepts grant applications on June 1 and minigrant applications on August 15 for the upcoming fiscal year. Grants are available for Operational Support, Project Support, Arts in Education Residency, New Leaders and Capital Improvements. Minigrants are available for arts and cultural projects and for professional and organizational development. Michigan arts and cultural nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities are able to apply for arts and cultural projects taking place between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.

Applications for Minigrant Arts Projects and Minigrant Professional and Organizational Development (POD) are due August 3, 2020. Individual artists and arts administrators are able to apply for POD minigrants in addition to nonprofit organizations.

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 Counties)

Grant Guidelines – LINK HERE

Click a button below to download documentation.

Learning and Sharing

Rising Leaders

Rising Leaders is a rigorous and highly interactive personal development initiative committed to the advancement of Michigan’s arts leaders, a program designed and facilitated by MCACA and Partners in Performance, the nation’s preeminent designer and facilitator of leadership development initiatives for the arts and culture sector.

Program Description

Over a six-month period, fifteen participants participate in a series of activities that includes three intensives focusing on self-awareness and self-management; mutual influence; and gaining tools to create communities and a state where everyone can experience and express creativity in their daily lives. Participants commit to three in-person meetings as well as individual reflection work. Participants were chosen through an application process to MCACA.

Program participants from across the state of Michigan gain tools and perspective needed to strengthen their leadership skills and develop relationships with an extraordinary cohort of peers dedicated to advancing the arts and culture field.

Applications to apply for the 2019-2020 cohort of Rising Leaders (running October 2019 – April 2020) is past.  Watch for further information on upcoming sessions in Spring 2020.

Other Opportunities

Grants ● funding

calls ● jobs

Here are the current opportunities supporting arts, culture and our creative sector.

Do you have an opportunity to share? Please send to arts@nwmiarts.net.

Upcoming Grant/Funding & Deadlines:

Rotary Charities

DEADLINE 8/29/2019

Systems Change Accelerator & Assets for Thriving Communities Grants

Please see the video information in the newsletter by clicking the link below.

Training Video

Michigan Youth Arts Association

Offering two grant opportunities for K-12 schools:

~ Arts & Culture Trek Grants (“Bus Grants’)

Up to $500 for K-12 schools wishing to take an arts and cultural related field trip in Michigan.

~ Arts Equipment & Supplies Grants

Up to $1,500 for K-12 schools to purchase arts equipment or supplies for the classroom.  Can also be used for repair of arts equipment

Michigan Youth Arts also offers a Touring Artist Database and Field Trip Destination listing.

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Michigan Humanities Touring Artist Grants

Opens 11/15/19

Up to $3,000, for costs of touring performers, artists, exhibitors, and humanities presenters.

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Job Postings


POSTED 06/11, DEADLINE 06/30

Northport Arts Association (NAA) is seeking a part-time Arts Administrator. Candidates should appreciate the arts and enjoy working with people within the community. The Arts Administrator will work in tandem with the NAA Board Members, committees and volunteers. Knowledge of non-profit organizations helpful but not required.

Expectations of Arts Administrator position

Create a Volunteer Program

Support Education Programming

Supports the events and exhibitions of the NAA.

Encourage membership to the Northport Arts Association.

Flexible schedule to work more hours during summer and less in the shoulder seasons

Organizational skills

Forward cover letter, resume, and three references to: northportartsforall@gmail.com or mail to Northport Arts Association P.O. Box 262, Northport, MI 49670



The Blissfest Music Organization (BMO) in Harbor Springs, a 501(c)(3) non-profit music and outreach organization, is seeking a transition leader to manage our evolution from a founder-led, festival-driven organization to a best-in-class non-profit music organization that fully leverages its physical and human resources to deliver the organization’s mission. The Transition Director will:

  • Assume operational leadership of the BMO immediately following the 39th annual Blissfest Music Festival, July 11-13 2019 in Harbor Spring, Michigan.
  • Work with the founder and Executive Director (who is retiring) and his staff to assess workflows, procedures, policies, and major contracts and develop change proposals for presentation to the Board of Directors.
  • Act as a conduit between the Executive Director and the Board to manage the director’s retirement timeline in conjunction with the selection of a new Executive Director. New director to be in place no later than May 2020.
  • Work with Executive Director to create or upgrade strategies for the most effective utilization of physical assets, in keeping with the organization’s mission. Oversee one or more major capital improvement projects, including possible funding campaigns.
  • Work with Executive Director and Board to develop options for the most effective organization structure to support the organization and the festival.
  • Act as a liaison between the Board and local government officials to resolve issues related to compliance with approved property uses.

Thanks to Our Partners

Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network

PO Box 1859
600 East Front Street, Suite 104
Traverse City, MI 49685



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