MI Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Announces FY14 Funding Increase

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)  announced its grant program workshop schedule in anticipation of projected funding increases for Fiscal Year 2014 program.

“We are very excited about the support we have received from Governor Rick Snyder, his administration and the legislature,” said MCACA Executive Director John Bracey. “The confidence they have shown in our agency and the additional dollars represented in the appropriations bill will allow us to expand funding to our current programs as well as create a new Artist in Residence program for K-12 schools.”

MCACA will be conducting free informational workshops on grant guidelines and the application process for potential applicants throughout the state and online throughout the rest of the summer. Workshop attendance is not required for grant applicants; however, updated guidelines and application process changes will be reviewed at each meeting, so attendance is encouraged. Pre-registration or RSVPs are not required.
Schedule

July 29, 2013 – 10 a.m.
Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo with ONEplace @KPL
315 S. Rose Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan

July 30, 2013 – 10 a.m.
Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission
120 Ezra Rust Drive
Saginaw, Michigan

July 31, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Square
Lake Michigan Conference Room
Lansing, Michigan
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August 1, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Holland Area Arts Council
150 E. 8th Street
Holland, Michigan

August 2, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, Michigan

August 7, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.
Gaylord Area Council for the Arts
125 E. Main
Gaylord, Michigan

August 7, 2013 – 4:00 p.m.
Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission
Bayliss Library
541 Library Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

August 8, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.
Copper Country Community Arts Council
126 Quincy Street
Hancock, Michigan

August 9, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
William Bonifas Fine Arts Center
700 1st Avenue South
Escanaba, Michigan

MCACA will offer grants through five programs:

Program for Operations and Project Support – Provides specific operational support to arts and cultural organizations only. Municipalities, schools and non-arts nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply in the Projects Support category. MCACA defines arts and cultural organizations as those organizations whose primary mission is to provide an experience, including a learning experience that is based in a specific arts or cultural discipline.
Capital Improvements – Provides funding assistance to Michigan nonprofit arts organizations and municipalities for the expansion, renovation or construction of cultural facilities; upgrade of equipment and furnishing to provide a competitive and up-to-date environment; equipment and instrument acquisitions that are integral to the implementation of events and services.
Arts in Education Residency – provides funding assistance to K-12 educational institutions for arts education residencies designed to introduce or enhance student knowledge of and participation in a particular art form such as: dance, theatre, music, creative writing, storytelling, visual arts (including video and graphic design), or traditional folk arts, by bringing a professional teaching artist into the educational setting for a designated amount of time.
Mini-grants – A partnership between the MCACA and 19 regional re-granting agencies throughout the state. 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 increase public access to arts and culture.
New Leaders – Provides funding assistant to support projects and/or collaborations focusing on the engagement, retention and mentoring of young people in Michigan.

Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities are eligible to apply for projects that would take place between January 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014. Information about specific grant programs as well as the guidelines is available on the web at www.michiganadvantage.org/arts.

MCACA serves to encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan. For more on its initiatives and programs, visit www.michiganadvantage.org/arts.

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