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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MCACA Minigrant Program?

The MCACA Minigrant program is a grants-giving partnership funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and administered locally in each region of the state. Nonprofit organizations can receive grants of up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural activities that increase community access to art and culture.

Who can apply?

Michigan nonprofit organizations, public and private schools, cities, townships, and villages may apply. It is not necessary for an organization to have its 501(c)3 status to apply for a minigrant. It is necessary, however, for an organization to be registered as a non-profit with the State of Michigan. Special requirements apply for universities and colleges.

What are the deadlines and funding periods?

The deadlines and funding periods for Fiscal Year 2009 are as follows:

  • Round One: Deadline August 1, 2008, for projects taking place October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009
  • Round Two: Deadline February 1, 2009, for projects taking place May 1, 2009 through September 30, 2009

The Arts Alliance presents free grant assistance workshops offering application tips, hints and how-to’s in advance of each application deadline.

How often can my organization apply?

An organization can submit more than one application in a given funding round, but each application must be for a distinct project and have separate sources of matching funds. An organization may not be funded in more than two rounds per fiscal year.

What can the funds be used for? What can’t they be used for?

Funds can be used for exhibits, performances, readings, workshops, festivals, pow-wows, and other artistic and cultural activities with distinct start and end dates. Funds cannot be used for non-arts activities, capital expenses (construction, renovation, purchase of permanent equipment), cash prizes, fundraising, food and beverages, operating costs, historical re-enactments, school activities which produce academic credit, or curricular materials created as a result of project activities in schools.

How are applications evaluated?

Each application is reviewed and scored by a group of independent panelists according to the guidelines and criteria in your application packet. The panelists represent all three counties and come from a variety of arts backgrounds. The Arts Alliance does not have any say in which applications are funded. Minigrant funding decisions may not be appealed.

How can my organization apply?

Organizations in Livingston, Washtenaw and Monroe counties may obtain an Application and Guidelines from the Arts Alliance or download them here. Submit materials to the Arts Alliance as instructed in the Guidelines.

Organizations in counties other than Livingston, Washtenaw and Monroe may contact the Arts Alliance for the name of the regranting agency in their region, or

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