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 2022 Minigrant Application Details

Applications are to be submitted online through SmartSimple by:

Round 1:  5:00 p.m. EST, August 3, 2021

Round 2:  N/A

Applications for Round 1, FY 2022 are now OPEN!

*NEW* grants available for fiscal year 2022:

  • FY22 Arts Equipment & Supplies Grant  (The system will open for applications beginning August 9, 2021. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through April 15, 2022)
  • FY22 Bus Grant (The system will open for applications beginning August 9, 2021. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through April 15, 2022)


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, 2022-Sept. 30, 2022.
  • 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:


More information on the arts minigranting directions, process, and eligibility can be found at

If you need assistance regarding Art Minigrants applications in the Central Upper Peninsula, please contact Dotty LaJoye at or (906) 786-9234 ext. 1376

Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission