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The MCACA Art Minigrant program is a grants-giving partnership funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and administered locally by CUPPAD. There are 10 regional regranting agencies throughout the state; CUPPAD administers the program within the central Upper Peninsula covering Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee and Schoolcraft Counties.
There are two components of the Minigrant Program: Arts projects and Professional Development (POD) grants.

Art Project Grants:

Grants for Art Projects provide up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects. Applicants are limited to registered non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities and municipalities located in the state of Michigan. Grants awarded must not exceed 50% of total project costs. A 1:1 cash and/or in-kind match is required. See the project guidelines below for more information and a listing of eligible and ineligible expense items.

Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Grants:

The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) grants provide up to $1,500 to assist arts organizations, administrators and artists with opportunities that specifically improve their business management and/or brings the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically. Applicants are limited to registered non-profit arts and cultural organizations and professional artists located in the state of Michigan. These grants can be used to attend conferences, workshops, seminars or to hire short-term consultants. Grants awarded must not exceed 75% of total project cost up to $1,500. A 25% cash and/or in-kind match is required. See the POD guidelines below for more information and a listing of Professional Development Opportunities.

Federal and State Agencies are not eligible to apply.
Applicants must use the MCACA on-line application at mcaca.egrant.net (no www).   Use the instructions provided in the minigrant program guidelines; there is a separate set of guidelines for each program.  (Links below).

Applications for Round 1 must be submitted on-line by August 3, 2015. A second round of funding will be held if there are leftover funds from Round 1; the deadline for round two will be January 15, 2016.

Funded projects must be completed within the MCACA grant period: 

October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016. Contact Emilie Schada at CUPPAD for more information: 906.786.9234 or eschada@cuppad.org. We are here to help discuss your project ideas and guide you through the process.

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Serving: Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee
and Schoolcraft Counties