Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County non-profit organizations, schools and local governments have until Oct. 15 to apply for arts minigrants through Oakland County Arts, Culture & Film. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Minigrant Program will fund arts projects and professional development from Jan. 1 - Sept. 30, 2014. Grant application and guidelines are available online at www.artsoakland.com.
"The arts enhance the quality of life for Oakland County residents,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “This outstanding program gives local organizations an opportunity to undertake high-quality arts initiatives."
MCACA will accept applications for the following categories:
- Arts Projects: Minigrants 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. Minigrants support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce and present traditional and contemporary arts. Minigrant 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.
- Organizational Development: Supports arts organizations in the strengthening of their administrative infrastructure by providing up to $1,500 to assist with the development of a business/strategic plan to address governance, board development, financial systems, reporting and internal controls, public relations, marketing, personnel management, fundraising, program development and/or other organizational areas.
- Professional Development: Supports arts administrators, arts professionals and teaching artists in the participation of high-quality professional development experiences that will enhance their career, to help them grow and thrive in Michigan. To be eligible for this program their current employer must be a nonprofit arts and cultural organization located in Michigan. Funds may be used for travel and/or registration expenses for workshops, seminars, booking and other conferences which will clearly help in advancing career development. Funding level is a maximum of $1,500.
For more information contact Kristie Everett Zamora, Coordinator of Arts, Culture & Film at (248) 858-0415.