What is the Mini-grant Program?

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

There are two components of the Mini-grant 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.  Organizations and individuals must be registered in the MACC SmartSimple Grant Portal. 

Arts Projects Minigrants (2024 Project Support Guidelines) provide up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects.

Professional Development Minigrants (2024 POD Guidelines) provide up to $1,500 to assist nonprofit organizations and arts professionals acquire services or skills to strengthen the administrative infrastructure of the organization.

Deadline to Apply for FY 2024: August 3, 2023 for projects within the period October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

  • 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.
  • 2023 Final Reports Due: Thirty Days after project end or no later than October 15, 2023 if project ends September 30th.

2023 Minigrant Project Support – Final Report Instructions ;  2023 POD – Final Report Instructions

Call or e-mail Ellen Benoit for more assistance at (906) 635-1581 or ellen at

Previously Funded Projects

Individual grant assistance can be available upon request via Zoom: contact Ellen Benoit to set up an appointment.

Other Art and Cultural Resources:

Upper Peninsula Arts and Cultural Alliance    –  The Alliance was founded to bring together members of the creative community from all ends of the Upper Peninsula.  UPACA Strategic Framework

Michigan Humanities Council – connects people and communities by fostering and supporting quality cultural programs.

Creative Many – leading advocacy for the arts, culture and arts education and the transformative power of the creative industries in Michigan.

Michigan Museums Association – shares expertise and resources to promote standards and practices that make the Michigan museum community thrive.

Michigan Youth Arts Association – an alliance that develops, recognizes and advocates excellence in arts education for all