Sunday, September 15, 2013

Workshop on Mini Grants Program for art projects to be Sept. 18 in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON -- An informational workshop on the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Mini Grants Program will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts in Ontonagon. The workshop is free and open to the public.

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 1:1 in cash/in-kind 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.

A new grant program for Professional and Organizational Development makes 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.

The deadline for application is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2013. All applications must be submitted online using the e-grant system (mcaca.egrant.net). Funding is for projects taking place January 1 through September 30, 2014. Application guidelines are available on line at http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Arts/Grant-Programs/. For more information or technical assistance contact Cynthia Coté, regranting coordinator, at (906) 482-2333 or e-mail cynthia@coppercountryarts.com.

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