MCACA FY16 Grants to Benefit 36 Local Arts & Cultural Organizations with $631,393 in Funding


TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded 36 organizations in Northwest Michigan a total of $631,393 in funding, according to announcements made by the Council on September 18. These awards reflect Region 2 funding which includes grants for projects in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.

Eleven arts & cultural groups in northwest Michigan have been approved for minigrant funds through the MCACA Regranting Program for local projects  and professional development planned between January 1 and September 30, 2016.  The organizations will share $30,720 in total funding.  An additional $5,380 in minigrants will be awarded in February 2016, for a total of $36,100 in minigrant support. Minigrant applications for Round 2 are online at and due January 15, 2016. The MCACA regrant program is administered for Region 2 through NorthSky Nonprofit Network in Traverse City.

Regional organizations receiving mingrant project grant awards include:

  • Artists Creating Together (ACT-TC) for Arts for All Celebration (Grand Traverse)
  • Archipelago Project for its Archipelago Summer Music Camp (Grand Traverse)
  • Art Rapids! for Walk of Art (Antrim)
  • Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus for Community Outreach Concerts (Grand Traverse)
  • Darcy Library of Beulah for its Off the Page Writers Series (Benzie)
  • Glen Arbor Art Association for Manitou Music Festival’s Dune Climb Family Concert (Leelanau)
  • Leelanau Historical Museum for Literature on the Lakeshore (Leelanau)
  • Mancelona Public Schools for Jazz Outreach & Community Outreach (Antrim)

Organizations receiving minigrants for professional and organizational development include:

  • Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Design – ISLAND  (Antrim)
  • Great Lakes Children’s Museum (Leelanau)
  • Old Town Playhouse (Grand Traverse)

MCACA regranting goals are to address arts & cultural needs, increase public access to arts and culture, build capacity and support projects that preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture.   The grants are funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Arts and Cultural Affairs and administered through 10 regional districts.  NorthSky is administering Region 2 funding for Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.

In addition to minigrant funding, MCACA awarded $631,393 to 25 organizations in the ten county region for operational and project support, facilities and equipment improvements and arts in education.  Regional recipients by county include:

  • Benzie, $108,500:  Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Michigan Legacy Art Park;
  • Charlevoix, $59,000:  Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Raven Hill Discovery Center, Boyne Falls Public Schools;
  • Emmet, $109,183:    Crooked Tree Arts Center, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Bay View Music Festival, Harbor Spring Area Historical Society, Mackinaw Area Historical Society, Mackinaw City Area Arts Council, Voices Without Borders;
  • Grand Traverse, $335,960: Building Bridges with Music, City Opera House, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Northwestern Michigan College/Dennos Museum Center, Old Town Playhouse, Parallel 45, Inc., Rotary Charities of Traverse City (for Regrant/Minigrants), The Music House Museum, Traverse City Area Public Schools (for NWS Front Street Writers) Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and the National Writers Series of Traverse City;
  • Leelanau, $18,750:  Leelanau Community Cultural Center.

A listing of all MCACA grant recipients is available on the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs website at:

For questions or notification of future arts funding information, please contact Mary Bevans Gillett, regrant coordinator, at 231-883-8388 or

NorthSky Nonprofit Network is a program of Rotary Charities and supports the work of the nonprofit sector through advocacy, capacity building, and sustainability support. Its mission is to build strong communities by helping nonprofit organizations achieve and sustain excellence. NorthSky is an official satellite office of the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, servicing nonprofit organizations.NorthSky Nonprofit Network Logo

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