Friday, September 24, 2010

Mini Grants for Art and Culture available in Western UP

HANCOCK -- The Copper Country Community Arts Council (CCCAC) is the region thirteen 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: Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, Ontonagon, Gogebic and Iron.

Mini grants 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. Mini grants support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce or present traditional and contemporary arts.

Mini grant dollars, matched by cash or in kind services, can be used for many types of arts activities such as exhibits, readings, performances, workshops, broadcasts, artist residencies, consultancies, commissions, restorations, festivals, pow wows, conferences, seminars, video and film productions and screenings, publications, and arts activities for students.

Any nonprofit organization or government body -- including service organizations, public schools, cities, townships, etc., from the six counties may apply. A panel comprised of knowledgeable individuals from each of the six counties evaluates all funding proposals. A 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.

There is one round of funding for fiscal year 2011. The deadline is Nov. 1, 2010, for projects taking place Feb. 1 through Sept. 30, 2011. Applications are available on line at or at the Community Arts Center, 126 Quincy Street, Hancock, MI 49930. Contact Cynthia Coté, Re-granting Coordinator at (906) 482-2333 or e-mail for more information or technical assistance.

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