The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs will be conducting free informational workshops on grant guidelines and the application process for potential applicants throughout the state in March in anticipation of the June 1, 2018 deadline for project and operational support, capital improvement and artist in residency grants.
“As the arts and cultural field continues its unprecedented growth in Michigan, the grant programs we are offering to the field are becoming more competitive every year,” said MCACA Executive Director John Bracey. “These workshops, and the most amazing staff that facilitate them, offer organizations an opportunity to learn how to be successful at a grant review. To me this can’t be overstated, because the organizations that compete for, and then receive these grants, are then able to ensure families have opportunities to do things together, to learn about their heritage, to express themselves and think critically and just have some fun. Simply put, they make Michigan better.”
Workshop attendance is not required for grant applicants; however, updated guidelines and application process changes will be reviewed at each meeting, so attendance is encouraged. Pre-registration or RSVPs are not required.
As the Region 9 Regranter, The Arts Alliance will offer workshops for Arts & Cultural Projects and Professional and Organizational Development minigrants. The workshop will be announced in late spring!
Though the deadline for minigrants have not been announced, it is expected to be on or around Aug. 1, 2018.
MCACA will offer grants through five programs:
· Operational Support – Provides specific operational support to arts and cultural organizations only. Municipalities, schools and non-arts nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply in the Projects Support category. MCACA defines arts and cultural organizations as those organizations whose primary mission is to provide an experience, including a learning experience that is based in a specific arts or cultural discipline.
· Project Support – Provides funding for specific arts projects conducted by non-profit organizations, municipalities and educational institutions and other organizations that utilize the talents and creativity of professional artists or arts educators in all arts disciplines to advance the creative, cultural and economic environment of the state.
· Capital Improvements – Provides funding assistance to Michigan nonprofit arts organizations and municipalities for the expansion, renovation or construction of cultural facilities; upgrade of equipment and furnishing to provide a competitive and up-to-date environment; equipment and instrument acquisitions that are integral to the implementation of events and services.
· Arts in Education – Provides funding assistance to K-12 educational institutions for arts education school based arts learning projects designed to introduce or enhance student knowledge of and participation in a particular art form such as: dance, theatre, music, creative writing, storytelling, visual arts (including video and graphic design), or traditional folk arts.
· Mini-grants – A partnership between the MCACA and 15 regional re-granting agencies throughout the state. There are two components of the Mini-grant program, Arts Projects and Professional Development grants. These are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs as well as increase public access to arts and culture.