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What is the MiniGrant Program? 
        MiniGrant Dollars Can be used ...

How Much money to ask for?   
       MiniGrant Dollars Can NOT be used for ...

You Can NOT...
       If You Are Awarded A Grant
How Applications Are Evaluated
      Application Deadlines

Other Information
       Forms and Guidelines

Who Can Apply?

What is the Minigrant Program?

The Minigrant program is a grants giving partnership financed by the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).

Minigrants fund up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts projects, that 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 or contemporary arts.

Who Can Apply?

Non-profit organizations, located in Wayne County may apply; including, but not limited to service organizations, arts organizations, parks and recreation organizations, professional associations, public and non-public schools, labor unions, cities, townships and villages.

Help in preparing your application is available by calling our office at (313) 224-1155.

Individuals, State of Michigan agencies, departments or commissions and organizations with unmet obligations on a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs grant may not apply for a Minigrant.

Universities or Colleges

Applications from Universities and Colleges Must do All of the Following:

  1. Demonstrate significant and direct community benefit.
  2. Document community support and shared project use.
  3. Include current letters of support from the community.

Minigrants may not be used for activities within the instructional or service responsibilities of colleges or universities, or that primarily serve their faculty or students.

How Much Money Can You Ask For?

You may request up to $4,000 on a matching basis. "Matching funds" are donations of cash, goods and service to the project. You are encouraged to include cash in your matching funds. The program is competitive and grants are typically less than $4,000.

Requests for Minigrant funds may not exceed one-half of your project's cost.

For example -  If you request $4,000, your project must cost $8,000 or more.  The match for your request of $4,000 must be $4,000 or more.

Your match could be:
  1. cash totaling $4,000 or more (or)
  2. in-kind funds (donated goods and services) totaling $4,000 or more
  3. any combination of in-kind and cash totaling $4,000 or more.

Minigrant Dollars Can Be Used For Arts Activities

(including, but not limited to:)
exhibits, readings, performances, workshops, broadcasts
artist residencies, consultancies, design activities,
commissioning of art work, restoration of public works of art
festivals, pow wows, conferences, seminars
video and film production and screening
publication of limited edition, original works of an independent, non-profit press
art activities for students

You Can NOT

  • receive more than two Minigrants in one fiscal year
  • receive more than one Minigrant for the same project
  • receive a MCACA grant and a Minigrant for the same project
  • use the same matching funds for more than one Minigrant
  • use MCACA grant funding as matching funds for a Minigrant
  • apply for a Minigrant and a Touring Arts Grant for the same project

Minigrant Dollars Can NOT Be Used For
  • non-arts activities
  • capital expenses (construction, renovation; purchase of facilities or permanent equipment)
  • activities conducted outside Michigan, or out-of-state travel
  • school teacher salaries, in service, release time or school administrative costs
  • activities which produce academic credit, receive a grade, or are part of the curriculum
  • creation of textbooks or classroom materials, curriculum development scholarly research
  • K-12, college or university faculty, student exhibitions or performances, payments to students
  • consultants who are members of the applicant’s staff or board
  • indirect costs (percentage charged against a grant to cover the handling of grant funds)
  • existing deficits, licensing fees, fines, penalties, interest or litigation
  • purchase awards, cash prizes, contributions or donations
  • food or beverages for hospitality, entertainment or reception functions
  • exhibitions of art work which is not original, for example, facsimiles of original works
  • historical reenactments
  • fundraising or allocations to endowment or other restricted funds
  • funds which the applicant would re-grant
  • operating costs not directly associated with a project or start-up costs for a new organization

How Are Applications Evaluated?

During the review panel meetings, applications are discussed, evaluated and scored in light of the guidelines and review criteria. Reviewers also consider application completeness and clarity. Review panels are made up of volunteer art, community and business professionals with appropriate expertise. Review panel membership constantly changes.

Reviewers look for projects that demonstrate artistic merit, sound planning and management, and community service. Panel funding recommendations are approved by our board of directors.

Geographic, minority, underserved and disciplinary distribution are considered when determining awards.

If You Are Awarded A Grant, You Must

  • Confirm project plans and, if full funding is not awarded, revise your project budget based on your recommended grant.
  • Sign a contract detailing the use of Minigrant funds.
  • Complete a Minigrant Final Report and provide samples of project materials.

Other Information
  • Grant funds may arrive after your project’s starting date. You should be prepared to handle initial expenses.
  • If a project produces material which could be copyrighted, the copyright must reside with the author. However, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs reserves the right to use copyrighted work for Council purposes without obligation to pay royalties to the owner.
  • A portion of your grant could be withheld pending our receipt and approval of your Final Report.
  • If the applicant is not an arts organization and the project makes a profit, the surplus up to the grant amount must be refunded.
  • It is MCACA’s policy that decisions regarding Minigrants may not be appealed.


Round 2 Deadline
Friday, February 1, 2013
for Projects Beginning January 1 - September 30, 2013

Deadline for projects:
If the first of these months falls on weekends or holidays,
the deadline will be the
next business day.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All applications are now submitted online. No paper applications will be accepted

  1. Please ensure that you thoroughly read the guidelines before submitting the application. 
  2. Apply to the funding round during which your project begins.
  3. Your project may not start before the beginning date of the funding round you choose. Project debts incurred before the Funding Round begins cannot be paid with grant funds, nor can your payment of these debts be used as cash or in-kind match for your grant.
  4. All projects must end by the termination of the state's fiscal year, September 30, 2013.
  5. Be sure your application is submitted online by 11:59 p.m. February 1 2013.
  6. No application will be accepted after the deadline.