MCACA & Minigrants

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Minigrants & NorthSky Nonprofit Network

Northsky NorthSky Nonprofit Network LogoNonprofit Network administers the regional regranting program – also known as the minigrant program – for Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).

MCACA minigrants provide funding assistance for local projects that are designed to:

  • Address arts and cultural needs
  • Increase public access to arts and culture
  • Build organizational capacity through professional  and organizational development
  • Support projects that preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture

Grants are funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Arts and MCACA_LOGO_FINAL PNGCultural Affairs and administered through 10 local districts.  NorthSky serves Region 2 which covers Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties. Link here for a map & contacts for all Michigan regrant regions.

There are two minigrant funding options:

  • Arts Project Minigrants of up to $4,000
  • Professional & Organizational Development (POD) Minigrants of up to $1,500

The 2018 funding cycle is currently underway and applications closed for projects taking place between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. Opportunities still remaining include:

  • Minigrant POD grants, up to $1,500: Round 2 applications due January 15, 2018
  • New Leaders grants, up to $4,000: Applications due February 23, 2018

Grant guidelines and deadlines will be announced by MCACA in spring 2018 for the 2019 fiscal year. (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019). Based on past practice, tentatively plan on June 1 for MCACA grants for Operations, Project Support, Artists in Education Residency, and Capital Improvements. Tentatively plan for a Minigrant deadline on August 3, 2018 at 11:59 pm via for Round 1. If any funding remains, a second funding round be held for projects March 1-September 30, 2019 with a January 15, 2019 deadline. (Please note, Round 2 funding is not guaranteed or will be very limited. All applicants are encouraged to submit in Round 1)

Application guidelines for FY 2018 Arts Project and POD minigrants can be downloaded here or from the NorthSky or MCACA sites, or by contacting the regrant coordinator. Final report guidelines for POD and Minigrant projects  can also be downloaded or requested.   All applications and final reports must be submitted by e-grant at: 

Further information about Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and its other grant programs is available at:

For further information, grant notifications or questions about Region 2 and the minigrant program in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties, please contact:

Mary Bevans Gillett
MCACA Region 2 Regrant Administrator
NorthSky Nonprofit Network

National Endowment for the Arts Logo

The Region 2 Minigrant Program is supported through
funding by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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