Attend One of the Minigrant Training Sessions
The Arts Alliance is hosting free informational workshops on minigrant guidelines and the application process for interested Region 9 applicants in advance of the August 3, 2018 deadline.
Grant guidelines and the application process, including the online application platform, will be reviewed.
Are you interested in obtaining funding for an arts and cultural project or for professional development for yourself or organization? The Arts Alliance, Region 9 MCACA Regranting administrators, will be presenting a free, open workshop taking you through MCACA grant writing basics to help you and your organization attain programming and professional development funds through minigrants offered by MCACA for 2019. The workshop will help clarify questions and processes in writing the 2019 MCACA Minigrants, which are open to Michigan artists, nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities in Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw Counties.
Arts & Cultural Project Minigrants
• Deadline to apply: August 3, 2018
• Project must take place between 10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019
• Arts Projects Minigrants provide up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects
Professional or Organizational Development Minigrants
• Deadline to apply: August 3, 2018
• Development opportunity must take place between 10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019.
• Professional or organizational development minigrants provide up to $1,500 to enable nonprofit organizations and arts professionals to acquire services or skills to strengthen the administrative infrastructure of the organization
How to Apply:
All applicants must use the MCACA on-line application process. The on-line application can be found at mcaca.egrant.net.
What are Minigrants?
The Minigrant program is a partnership between the MCACA and 15 regional regranting agencies throughout the state. There are two components of the Minigrant program, Arts & Cultural Projects and Professional Development grants. These are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs as well as increasing public access to arts and culture. Arts & Cultural Projects Minigrants provide up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects. Professional/Organizational Development Minigrants provide up to $1,500 to assist nonprofit organizations and arts professional acquire services or skills to strengthen the administrative infrastructure of the organization.
Each minigrant application is reviewed and scored by a group of independent panelists according to the guidelines and criteria in your application packet. The panelists represent all six counties in Region 9 and come from a variety of arts backgrounds. The Arts Alliance does not have any say in which applications are funded. Minigrant funding decisions may not be appealed.
Serving on a Panel
Serving as a minigrant reviewer is a great way to give back to the community. It is also a great way to learn about grant writing and review from the funders’ perspective. Reviewers read and score all completed grant applications and then serve on a panel of multiple reviewers to discuss the applications and allocation funds. Many reviewers have mentioned how serving on a panel was immensely helpful when they submitted future applications. Additionally, reviewing grants is a great way to learn more about local arts organizations, their projects and goals. People interested in serving on a grant review panel should reach out to me for more information.
If you or your organization is unable to attend the workshop and you have questions, please contact Natalie Hensel at The Arts Alliance by phone 734-213-2733 or by email Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about MCACA visit https://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/.