Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs announces FY16 grant workshops

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs announces its grant program workshop schedule for Fiscal Year 2016 programs

LANSING -- The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) today announced its grant program workshop schedule for Fiscal Year 2016 programs.

“We are very excited about the support we have received from Governor Rick Snyder, his administration and the legislature,” said MCACA Executive Director John Bracey. “The confidence they have shown in our agency allows us to ensure there is access to arts and cultural program in every corner of Michigan.

‘The organizations that compete for, and then receive these grants, are in turn able to ensure that families have opportunities to do things together, to learn about their heritage, to express themselves and think critically; in short to live a healthier, fun life,” said Bracey.

MCACA will conduct free informational workshops on grant guidelines and the application process for potential applicants throughout the state in March and April in anticipation of the June 1, 2015 deadline.

MCACA will be moving to a full year granting cycle for FY16, which hasn’t been possible since 2009. 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.


March 24, 2015 – 10 a.m.

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, Michigan

March 25, 2015 – 10 a.m.

The Epic Center
359 S Kalamazoo Mall
Kalamazoo, Michigan

April 13, 2015 – 9 a.m.

University Center Gaylord
80 Livingston Blvd
Gaylord, Michigan

April 14, 2015 – 9 a.m.

Kewadin Casinos Hotel & Convention Center
2186 Shunk Rd
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

April 15, 2015 – 9 a.m.

Masonic Temple
128 W. Washington St.
Marquette, Michigan

April 16, 2015 – 11 a.m.

Downtown Art Place
111 E. Aurora St
Ironwood, Michigan

MCACA will offer grants through five programs: 

  • Program for Operations and Project 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.
  • 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. Student experience is enriched 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 assistance 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, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Information about specific grant programs as well as the guidelines is available on the web at www.michiganbusiness.org/arts.

MCACA, a part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, serves to encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan. For more on its initiatives and programs, visit www.michiganbusiness.org/arts.

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