Category Archives: Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

Minigrant Workshop Coming up in TC, Cadillac, Manistee, Little Traverse

MCACA minigrant workshops coming up:


  • Thursday, 6/29 10-11:30 am at TC Chamber of Commerce
  • Monday, 7/10, Noon-1:30 pm at Cadillac Wexford Public Library
  • Monday, 7/17, 3-4:30 pm at Jordan River Art Council, East Jordan
  • Monday, 7/24, Noon-1:30 pm at Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee

Arts organizations, nonprofits, schools and governments can apply for arts project minigrants up to $4,000; artists, administrators and arts organizations can apply for professional & organizational (POD) minigrants up to $1,500.

Deadline is August 3 via No charge or registration required. Questions/info – contact

Rotary Charities/NorthSky Nonprofit Network is the regional regrant agency for Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Region 2 (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Kalkaska, Manistee, Missaukee & Wexford County). Please join us & share!

Mark Dates – NW MI Arts 4/25, MCACA 5/4, Summit 5/23

Mark calendars for upcoming arts presentations and gatherings:

  • NW Michigan Regional Arts Gathering, 4-5:30pm, Tuesday, 4/25 at Crooked Tree Arts Center – Traverse City (322 Sixth St., Traverse City). Join artists, organizations and creatives to discuss next steps in building the NW Michigan Arts & Culture Network.
  • MCACA Region 2 Grant Workshop, 5/4, 11:30am-1:30pm at Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce (202 E. Grandview Parkway, Traverse City. Information and assistance regarding te MCACA grants and minigrants available for FY2018.
  • Save the Date – 2nd Annual NW Michigan Regional Arts Summit, May 23 at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

For more information, contact Mary Gillett at


MCACA Minigrant Funding Available for NW Michigan, Deadline 1/15/2017

TRAVERSE CITY — Limited funding is available through Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs minigrant program for artists and organiMCACA LOGO smallzations in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties. Deadline for applications in January 15, 2017 at

Round 2 applications are being accepted through January 15, 2017 for Minigrant Arts Projects (up to $4,000) and Minigrant Professional and Organizational Development (POD) activities (up to $1,500). All minigrant projects and POD training must be completed between February 1 and September 30, 2017. Project applicants may include arts and cultural or community organizations, schools and municipalities. POD grants are open to artists, arts administrators and arts and cultural organizations.

All applications must be submitted by e-grant at  Guidelines are available here, on the NorthSky Nonprofit Network website or by contacting regrant coordinator Mary Bevans Gillett at  Technical assistance is also available. Those selected for funding will be notified by February 1.

Minigrants are funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Arts and Cultural Affairs and administered through 10 regrant regions.  NorthSky Nonprofit Network is the regranting agency for Region 2. (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.)

For questions, guidelines, technical assistance or to be added to the contact list for minigrants, the regional arts network and other arts related opportunities, 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.

MCACA Grant Awards Announcement 9/18

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Mark your calendars now for Friday September 18, 2015. That’s the day MCACA will be making its announcement for those awarded funding for Fiscal Year 2016. Awards will be announced for these grant programs: Arts in Education Residencies, Capital Improvement, Operational Support and Project Support. Minigrant awards will be posted a few days later through the regrant coordinators. In Region 2 (Northwest Michigan), all applicants will be notified of their status no later than Monday, September 21.

And MCACA is beefing up the programming a bit that day. We’ll be meeting at the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing (702 W Kalamazoo St) in the morning, where we’ll be welcoming the Metropolitan Group and Arts Midwest, who have been partnering with MCACA, and will report out on their first year of a Building Public Will program. This will be followed by a networking lunch, and our awards announcement in the afternoon.

Information about the event and posting of all awards (after the announcement) will be available on the MCACA website.

Spotlight on Region 2’s MCACA Minigrants

Michigan Council for the Arts minigrants benefit dozens of organizations each year. Designed to extend state funding for the arts into every countMCACA LOGO smally in Michigan, minigrants up to $4,000 are available to support arts projects and up to $1,500 to support professional and organizational development. Here are a few ways that this year’s 20 minigrants are being used:

  • Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre presented the original ballet and music for Whither Thou Goest: Story of Ruth Ballet in February, featuring choreography by Tom Morrell and performances by guest dancers as well as members of the regional youth ballet theatre.
  • Michigan Legacy Art Park’s executive director Renee Hintz participated in professional fund development training through the Indiana Fundraising School’s planned giving course hosted by NorthSky Nonprofit Network in March.
  • In Elk Rapids, Art Rapids! continues to grow its Walk of Art.
  • The Charlevoix Historical Society with Bon Ami Filmworks is currently in production to create the Wizard of Boulder Park video documentary about the life and work of architect Earl Young.
  • The Glen Arbor Art Association will feature the Grand Rapids Band, Hip Pocket, for its annual Dune Climb Family Concert on July 15.
  • The Darcy Library of Beulah is offering its Off the Page Writers Series this spring and fall in Benzie County.
  • In the schools, Friends of Fine Arts is helping the Suttons Bay Schools provide art enrichment opportunities for students while the Mancelona Public Schools are bringing Jazz Outreach to its students and community.
  •  Harbor Springs Historical Society is gathering “tip of the mitt” historical and cultural organizations for a day long series of professional development workshops while the Cadillac Art Council, Parallel 45 and Charlevoix Circle of Arts are conducting strategic planning and capacity building sessions.

NorthSky administers the minigrants as the regional regranter for Region 2 – Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties – and is hosting a workshop to learn more about MCACA grants on Friday, April 24, 10:30 am at the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce (202 East Grandview Parkway). For more information about the workshops or MCACA minigrants, contact regrant coordinator Mary Gillett at 231-883-8388 or

MCACA Minigrant Workshops 7/25 & 8/4

NorthSky Nonprofit Network will be hosting four area workshop to discuss the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Minigrant program, MCACA grant opportunities and guidelines for 2015 funding.  Workshops will be conducted by Mary Bevans GillNorthSky Nonprofit Network Logoett, regrant coordinator for MCACA Region 2 which includes Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.

Grant training sessions are open to all interested in applying for funding.

  • Petoskey: Friday, July 25, 9:30 – 11 am at the Crooked Tree Arts Center (461 E. Mitchell St, Petoskey, MI 49770).
  • Traverse City: Friday, July 25, 1:30-3 pm at the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Steelcase Meeting Room (202 E. Grandview Parkway, Traverse City, MI 49684)
  • Cadillac: Monday, August 4, 9:30 – 11 am at the Cadillac Wexford Public Library (411 S. Lake St, Cadillac, MI 49601).
  • Manistee: Monday, August 4, 1:30 – 3 pm at the Ramsdell Theatre (101 Maple St., Manistee, MI 49MCACA LOGO small660)

In addition, MCACA will be hosting a grant information workshop in Gaylord on Wednesday, July 9, 1-4pm at the University Center (80 Livingston, Gaylord, MI 49735).

Guidelines are available online at

Arts Grants for 2015


MCACA LOGO smallThe Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has just announced its grant opportunities for FY 2015.  See the MCACA & Minigrants tab on this site for information workshops, grant guidelines and resources.  Final minigrant report guidelines for FY 2014 grantees, as well as new FY 2015 guidelines are posted along with links to MCACA for other grant guidelines.