MCACA Mini-grants

The Anton Art Center is the Region 10A Regranting Agency for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), and will award mini-grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, municipalities and individual professional artists in Macomb and Oakland counties in support of arts and culture programming and professional or organizational development (POD).


Submit online applications through the New MCACA SmartSimple online system

To apply you must

Round 1 - August 3rd at 5pm

Round 2 - January 15th at 5pm

Next Round Deadline


Mini-grants will be awarded in two categories:

  • Arts and Culture Projects organizations may apply for grants of up to $4,000.

  • Professional or Organizational Development – individual professional artists and organizations may apply for grants of up to $1,500.


Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools, municipalities and individual artists are eligible to apply for activities that take place between March 1st, 2020 and August 3rd, 2021 (individual professional artists are only eligible for professional development support).



Due to COVID-19 conditions, we will be posting online workshops and scheduling Mini-grant Office hours via Zoom for information about Arts Projects Mini-grants and Professional Organizational Mini-grants.


Attending an application workshop will help applicants understand what is required for a competitive application. Though not required, new and prospective applicants are encouraged to schedule a virtual meeting with Grant Coordinator.


RSVPs are requested for workshop attendance. To RSVP, please email Samantha Russell at Minigrant guidelines for Region 10A are available now.


Are you located in Wayne County? Click on this link for the Mini-grant Workshops being given by CultureSource as Region 10b Regrantor of MCACA Mini-grants


Samantha Russell, Grant Coordinator

FY 2021 Round 1 Art Projects Mini-grant Awardees

Macomb Intermediate School District received $4,000.00 to support the 2nd Annual #Macomb Reads Festival. This event brings together Macomb families, educators, community partners, authors/ illustrators to connect young readers with amazing literature and art. 

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Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra received $2,000.00 to support the MYTH Journey (Music for Youth Through History - A Journey in Virtual Space) pilot project. This immersive project will design, build and evaluate an online interactive workshop for upper-grade students through experiential learning using ascribed historical events of music.


Choral Artists of Michigan received $2,000.00 to present “Made in Michigan”event This project will present music from Michigan-based composers, singers, and collaborators. In addition, Davison, Michigan-based composer, Molly Ijames will perform a world premiere.

Pontiac Little Art Theatre received $2,000.00 to support The First Offenders project. The FO project will provide emerging performing artists access to Pontiac Little Art Theatre’s team of digital/graphic artists and technicians (camera, lighting, sound, staging, film editing) and Oakland University Film Department’s intern to produce their first promotional video.


Italian Film Festival USA - Metro Detroit received $4,000.00 to support the 14th Annual Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit. This festival will present 12-14 full length feature films and present a competition between 5-8 short films submitted by young directors. In addition, it will present a program of shorts for children.

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Pro Musica of Detroit, Inc. received $2,000.00 to support “Witness to Music”, a digital archive project that would provide an extensive interactive access to previous performances recordings, concert reviews, and other media from Pro Musica’s 92 year history.

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Sidewalk Detroit received $4,000.00 to support the installation of Patrick Dougherty sculpture. This project will commission a site specific, large-scale sapling sculpture by internationally renowned land art artist Patrick Dougherty for Brightmoor’s Eliza Howell Park.

Round 1 Professional/Organizational Development (POD) Minigrant Awardees

Jodi Paige-Lee received $1,500.00 in support to attend the CreativePro Week conference in Washington, D.C. next spring.

The Five Lakes Silver Band received $1,500.00 to support a Band Clinic Weekend with renowned artist, Philip Hannevik. Mr. Hannevik will work with the whole band and small group sectionals to perfect the FLSB pieces for the March 2021 Dublin Festival of Brass in Dublin, OH. and the NABBA championships in Ft. Wayne, IN.