Art Grants

CUPPAD administers the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Arts Minigrant Program, funded by the State of Michigan. There are 19 designated regions throughout the state; CUPPAD administers within the counties of Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee, and Schoolcraft. 

Minigrants Arts Projects provide up to $4,000, on a 1:1 matching basis, for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects, which are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs and increase public access to arts and culture. Minigrants support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce, or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture. 

Professional or Organizational Development (POD) Minigrants offer up to $1,500 to assist non-profits and cultural organizations, artists, arts educators, and more with opportunities that may bring the artist or organization to another level artistically.

Fiscal Year 2021 Minigrant Application Deadlines

Applications are to be submitted online through SmartSimple by:

Round 1:  11:59 p.m. EST, August 3, 2020

Round 2:  N/A

Applications for FY 2021 are now CLOSED. Please check back in July of next year!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Non-profit organizations, located in the state of Michigan, including (but not limited to) service organizations, arts organizations, parks and recreational organizations, churches, professional associations, public and non-public schools, cities, townships and villages may apply.
  • Proposed projects must take place during Fiscal Year 2021, Oct. 1, 2021-Sept. 30, 2021.
  • New applicants will need to create a SmartSimple account. Returning applicants do not.


How to Apply



Final reports are due 30 days after the completion of the project and must be submitted on SmartSimple or risk refunding the grant. Final report instructions can be reviewed here:


For more information regarding Art Minigrants in the Central Upper Peninsula, please contact Dotty LaJoye at or (906) 786-9234 ext. 1376

Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission