October 15 Deadline for FY 2014 MCACA Minigrant Applications

October 15 Deadline for FY 2014 MCACA Minigrant Applications  

LANSING, Sept. 3, 2013 — The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces a Tuesday, Oct. 15 deadline for fiscal year 2014 Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant applications. The Minigrant program is a partnership between the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and 19 regional agencies throughout the state. The ACGL serves as the regional regranting agency for MCACA for Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, and Shiawassee counties. 

For fiscal year 2014, the Minigrant program offers two opportunities for application: Arts Projects and Professional or Organizational Development grants.  Proposed activities must be held between Jan. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2014. 

Professional or Organizational Development Minigrants provide up to $1,500 in financial assistance, with a 25% match requirement, to assist arts organizations, administrators and artists with opportunities that specifically improve their business management and/or bring the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically. These grants are strictly intended to assist with unique experiences directly related to career or organizational development; funds can be used to attend conferences, workshops, seminars, or to hire short-term consultants. Eligible applicants include non-profit arts and cultural organizations, and professional artists, located in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, and Shiawassee counties. Application eligibility for professional artists is new for FY14. 

Arts Projects Minigrants provide up to $4,000 in financial assistance, on a 1:1 matching basis, for locally-developed, high-quality arts and cultural projects. These are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs as well as increase public access to arts and culture. Eligible applicants include: non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities and municipalities located in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, and Shiawassee counties. Arts Project applicant organizations must participate in the Michigan Cultural Data Project (CDP) as a part of their grant submission.  More information and a list of training sessions for CDP is available online at

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing encourages all potential Minigrant applicants to attend a free workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. at MICA Gallery, located at 1210 Turner St. in Old Town Lansing. As application procedures and eligibility change annually, attendance for new and returning Minigrant applicants is highly recommended. Workshop attendees may RSVP here. RSVP is appreciated, but not required. Technical assistance with applications is also available by scheduling an appointment with Barb Whitney at the Arts Council. The FY 2014 application form, guidelines, and additional information can be downloaded here.  

For more information, please contact Barb Whitney, Program Manager at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing at (517) 853-7582 or at


Founded in 1965, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing is a non-profit organization whose mission is to lead, advocate for and advance arts and culture in the capital region. For more information, visit