More than 20 people attended a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs grant program workshop Tuesday, April 26, at the Bonifas Arts Center.
“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.
The MCACA offers grants through these 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 Residency – provides funding assistance to K-12 educational institutions for arts education residencies 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, by bringing a professional teaching artist into the educational setting for a designated amount of time.
• Mini-grants – A partnership between the MCACA and 19 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.
• New Leaders – Provides funding assistant to support projects and/or collaborations focusing on the engagement, retention and mentoring of young people in Michigan.
Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities are eligible to apply for projects that would take place between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Information about specific grant programs as well as the guidelines is available on the web at michiganadvantage.org.