MCACA Minigrants

MCACA Minigrants

Funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and administered by regional regranting agencies across the state. The Arts Council of Greater Lansing administers the program for Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.

For fiscal year 2017, the Minigrant program offers two opportunities for application: Arts Projects and Professional or Organizational Development grants. There will be two Minigrant rounds offered. The deadlines will be August 3, 2016 for Round 1 and January 15, 2017 for Round 2. Proposed activities must be held between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. Applicants must receive a score of 90.00 or above (on a scale of 0.00 - 100.00) in order to receive funding, with a cap of 60% of total funds to be distributed within the first round. All remaining first-round funds will be distributed in the second round. Any applicants not chosen from the first round have the opportunity for second round re-application. If not funded in round one, a private consultation with the Arts Council is highly recommended.

Professional or Organizational Development Minigrants provide up to $1,500 in financial assistance, with a 25% match requirement, to assist arts organizations, administrators and artists with opportunities that specifically improve their business management and/or bring the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically. These grants are strictly intended to assist with unique experiences directly related to career or organizational development; funds can be used to attend conferences, workshops, seminars, or to hire short-term consultants. Eligible applicants are non-profit arts and cultural organizations, and professional artists, located in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. 

Arts Projects Minigrants provide up to $4,000 in financial assistance, on a 1:1 matching basis, for locally-developed, high-quality arts and cultural projects. These are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs as well as increase public access to arts and culture. Eligible applicants include: non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities and municipalities located in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. Arts Project applicant organizations are encouraged to participate in the Michigan Cultural Data Project (CDP) as a part of their grant submission. More information and a list of training sessions for CDP is available online at 

Deadline to Apply: Round 1: August 3, 2016

                                          Round 2: January 15, 2017
                                       (FY17 Project Guidelines - FY17 POD Guidelines)
          FY16 Final Reports Due: October 31, 2016

(Project Support Final Report Instructions - POD Final Report Instructions)  

This grant program is currently closed for FY2017

For more information, please contact program manager, Meghan Martin, at or call 517-372-4636 x2.