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MCACA Grant Info, Discussions – 4/8 in Alpena & 4/9 in Manistee

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs will be presenting free informational workshops in Northern Michigan on 4/8 and 4/9, focused on FY2020 grant guidelines and application process prior to the June 1, 2019 deadline. 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.

MCACA Grant Workshop Schedule

  • April 8 – Alpena, 9 am– Noon:  Art in the Loft, 109 N 2nd Ave # 300, Alpena, MI 49707
  • April 9 – Manistee, 9am – Noon:  Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, 101 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660

MCACA is also hosting small discussion groups following the grant workshops. These gatherings will provide an opportunity to meet Alison Watson, new MCACA Director, and to have your voice and your views heard as the Council plans for the next five years.  MCACA wants to know what you see as the role of the Council, what opportunities the Council should be aware of and how the Council might address those opportunities.  The discussion should last no longer than two hours and is free and open to the public.

MCACA Discussion Groups

  • April 8 – Alpena, 1 – 3 pm:  Art in the Loft, 109 N. 2nd Ave., #300, Alpena
  • April 9 – Manistee, 1 – 3 pm:  Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, 101 Maple St., Manistee

MCACA Minigrant Applications Due 8/3

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) is accepting minigrant applications for the 2019 fiscal year. Michigan nonprofit organizations and munMCACA LOGO smallicipalities are able to apply for arts and cultural projects or training taking place between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.

Applications for Minigrant Arts Projects and Minigrant Professional and Organizational Development (POD) are due August 3, 2018. Individual artists and arts and culture administrators are able to apply for POD minigrants in addition to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

Guidelines can be accessed under the MCACA Grant Guidelines tab on this Sparks & Starts site, online at the MCACA site, or by contacting All grants must be submitted via e-grant at

NorthSky Nonprofit Network is the regional regranting agency for Region 2 minigrants (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties)

For questions, copies of the FY2019 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


Artists, organizations, businesses, and others in the creative sector are invited to participate in the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit Wednesday, May 9 at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. This is the third annual regional summit to strengthen relationships, build value for the arts, support cultural economic development & continue building the ten-county arts and culture network. Panel discussions and breakout sessions will focus on supporting regional artists, advocacy, community engagement, cultural tourism, hands-on tools & strategies, funding, and strengthening support for arts, culture, and creative connections. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Interlochen’s Mallory-Towsley Center for Arts Leadership.
Cost to attend the Summit is $15 (including continental breakfast and lunch). Registration is available online at: For more information, contact Mary Gillett at or 231-883-8388.

MCACA ‘POD’ Minigrant Deadline 1/15

MCACA Professional & Organizational Development ‘POD” Minigrant Applications Open thru 1/15
Organizations and individual artists in NW Michigan can apply for up to $1,500 in funding to support training, conference attendance, strategic planning, capacity building or other professional and/or organizational development activities in 2018. Applications are open at
Guidelines are available at:
Please note this opportunity is for POD Minigrants only. There are no Minigrant Project applications being accepted for Round 2. The next Minigrant Project funding period will be for Fiscal 2019 with guidelines and deadlines announced in Spring 2018, but anticipated to be June 1 for large MCACA grants and 8/3 for Minigrant Projects and POD grnats.
Deadline is 1/15/2018. Funds can be used between 3/1 & 9/30/2018. Grantees will be notifed by early February. For questions or a guidelines pdf, contact

FY18 Minigrants Benefit 13 NW MI Arts & Cultural Organizations – 29 More Benefit from MCACA Grants

Rotary Charities/Northsky Nonprofit Network Administers Region 2 Regrant Funds
MCACA LOGO small TRAVERSE CITY — Thirteen arts & cultural groups in northwest Michigan have been approved for minigrant funds through the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Regranting Program for local projects and professional development planned between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.  The organizations will share $32,775 in total funding.  An additional $4,725 will be awarded in February 2018, for a total of $37,500 in minigrant support. The MCACA regrant program is administered locally through NorthSky Nonprofit Network in Traverse City.

Regional organizations receiving minigrant project grant awards include:

  • Archipelago Project for Traverse City Youth Chamber Music Camp and Concerts (Grand Traverse)
  • Arts for All of Northern Michigan for its Access Arts program (Grand Traverse)
  • Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus for its Building a Future with Harmony Concerts (Grand Traverse)
  • Encore Winds for its 2017-2018 Concert Season: The Spirit of Music (Grand Traverse)
  • Grand Traverse Pavilions for it Summer Outdoor Concert Series (Grand Traverse)
  • Harbor Spring Festival of the Books for its 2017-2018 Festivals (Emmet)
  • Holy Rosary Church for the Leelanau Chamber Music Festival (Leelanau)
  • Little Traverse Choral Society for its 2018 Spring Concert: Seasons of Love, Laughter, Life (Emmet)
  • Mancelona Public Schools for its Jazz Enrichment Project (Antrim)
  • Manistee Civic Players for its 2017-2018 Season (Manistee)
  • Missaukee District Library for its Artists at the Library Youth Enrichment Program (Missaukee)

Organizations receiving minigrants for professional and organizational development include:

  • Great Lakes Children’s Museum (Leelanau)
  • Old Town Playhouse (Grand Traverse)

Applications for Round 2 professional and organizational development (POD) minigrants are available online at and due January 15, 2017 (no project minigrants are available in Round 2).

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.  Rotary Charities/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 $786,381 to 28 organizations in the ten-county region for operational and project support, facilities and equipment improvements and arts in education residencies.  Regional recipients by county include:

  • Antrim, $30,250: Crosshatch Center for Art & Design, Mancelona Public Schools;
  • Benzie, $37,500:  Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Michigan Legacy Art Park;
  • Charlevoix, $35,500:  Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Charlevoix Historical Society, Raven Hill Discovery Center;
  • Emmet, $159,500:    Bay View Music Festival, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Great Lakes Center for the Arts; Mackinaw City Area Arts

     Council, Petoskey Public Schools;

  • Grand Traverse, $463,891: Blackbird Arts, City Opera House, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Northwestern Michigan College/Dennos Museum Center, Old Town Playhouse, Parallel 45, Rotary Charities of Traverse City (for Regrant/Minigrants), The Music House Museum, Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, National Writers Series of Traverse City;

  • Leelanau, $32,500:  Glen Arbor Arts Association, Leelanau Community Cultural Center;
  • Manistee, $27,240: Historic Vogue Theatre;

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



For questions about MCACA minigrants, Round 2 applications 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 org


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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