MCACA Arts Minigrant Program

Michigan council for arts & cultural affairs logoThe MCACA Arts Minigrant program is a grants-giving partnership funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and administered locally by CUPPAD. There are 19 designated regions throughout the state. CUPPAD administers the program within the central Upper Peninsula consisting of Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee and Schoolcraft Counties.

Minigrants provide up to $4,000, on a 1:1 matching basis, for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects, which are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs and increase public access to arts and culture. Minigrants support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce, or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Non-profit organizations, located in the state of Michigan, including (but not limited to) service organizations, arts organizations, parks and recreational organizations, churches, professional associations, public and non-public schools, cities, townships and villages may apply.
  • Proposed projects must take place during Fiscal Year 2021, Oct. 1, 2021-Sept. 30, 2021.
  • New applicants will need to create an SmartSimple account. Returning applicants do not.

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 be eligible for a minigrant.

Help in preparing your application is available by contacting the CUPPAD office.

Fiscal Year 2021 Minigrant Application Deadlines

Applications are to be submitted online through SmartSimple by:

Round 1:  11:59 p.m. EST, August 3, 2020

How to Apply


Final reports are due 30 days after the completion of the project and must be submitted on eGrant or risk refunding the grant. Final report instructions can be reviewed here:


For more information regarding Art Minigrants in the Central Upper Peninsula, please contact Dotty LaJoye at or (906) 786-9234 ext. 1376

The CUPPAD Region

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