MCACA Minigrant Program

What is the Minigrant Program?

The Minigrant Program is a grants giving partnership financed by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and administered by regional re-granting agencies.  It is one of five grant programs MCACA offers.

There are two components of the Minigrant program:  Arts 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 Projects Minigrants (2018 Project Support Guidelines) provide up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects.

Professional Development Minigrants (2018 POD Guidelines) provide up to $1,500 to assist nonprofit organizations and arts professional acquire services or skills to strengthen the administrative infrastructure of the organization.

  • Deadline to Apply:  FY 2018  Open: Application deadline August 3, 2017 for Minigrant Project Support or Professional Development funds  – projects falling within October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.  
  • Watch our website or request to be added to our mailing/e-mail list to receive notifications of deadline dates by calling or e-mailing your contact information.
  • The following Event has been scheduled to provide the public, artists and cultural & art organizations the opportunity to discuss arts and cultural programs and funding.  This is not only to begin the MCACA Strategic Planning process for 2019, but it is also an opportunity to share information and concerns about the current environment and to hear about all the great projects that are happening in the Eastern U.P.
    Friday, May 26, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 PM                                                          Listening Session with John Bracey, Executive Director                            Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Bayliss Library, 100 Library Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  • Grant Assistance is available upon request.  The following workshops have been scheduled around the region:
    Friday, May 26, 2017, 3:00-4:30 PM  Bayliss Library, 100 Library Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
    Friday, June 2, 2017 10:00  AM – Noon   Les Cheneaux Community Library, 75 E. Hodeck St., Cedarville, MI
    Thursday, June 8, 2017 10:00 AM – Noon  Whitefish Township Community Center, 7052 N. M-123, Paradise, MI
    Thursday, June 8, 2017 3:00 – 5:00 PM  Tahquamenon Area Library, 700 Newberry Ave., Newberry, MI

  • 2017 Final Reports Due: Thirty Days after project end or no later than October 15, 2017 if project ends September 30th.

2017 Minigrant Project Support – Final Report Instructions ;  2017 POD – Final Report Instructions

Call or e-mail Ellen Benoit for more assistance at (906) 635-1581 (toll-free 1-855-885-3690) or ellen at


Previously Funded Projects

2017 Funding Plan Round 1

2016 Funding Plan Round 1

2016 Funding Plan Round 2

2015 Funding Plan



**“This activity is supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.”**