MCACA arts minigrant to be awarded for 2018

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Community Arts Council (CCCAC) is the administrator for the Regional Re-granting program of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The CCCAC facilitates funding opportunities for arts projects in the six counties of the Western Upper Peninsula; Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon.

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

Minigrant dollars, matched 1:1 in cash/in-kind can be used for many types of arts activities such as exhibits, readings, performances, workshops, broadcasts, consultancies, commissions, festivals, art restorations, pow wows, conferences, seminars, video and film productions and screenings, publications, and arts activities for students.

Nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities from the six counties may apply. A panel comprised of knowledgeable individuals from each of the six counties evaluates all funding proposals.

The review criterion includes artistic merit, sound planning and management, as well as community service. Geographic distribution, underserved populations, cultural diversity, and a variety of arts disciplines are considered when determining awards.

Professional and Organizational Development grants make funding available for training courses, consultants, conference fees and related travel. Organizations or individual artists may apply for up to $1500. A 25 percent cash/in-kind match is required. Organizations may apply for both grant opportunities.

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 15 for projects taking place March 1 through Sept.30.

All applications must be submitted online using the e-grant system (mcaca.egrant.net). Application guidelines are available on line at http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Arts/Grant-Programs/ (click on MCACA Grants in left hand column and scroll down to Minigrant Program).

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