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Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits and Agencies
to Improve Arts and Cultural Facilities

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Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) - Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)

Deadline Date:

06/01/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Michigan nonprofit arts organizations and government agencies for capital projects to improve facilities that provide cultural programming. Eligible facilities must be accessible and open to the public. Funding may be used for the renovation, construction, or expansion of arts and cultural facilities. This includes projects that establish, convert or improve facilities; provide or increase accessibility to persons with disabilities; integrate energy-efficient products and technologies; or involve the purchase of equipment.

MCACA recognizes the importance of the state’s cultural assets and their role in enhancing the quality of life for Michigan’s citizens and the state’s economic vitality. CIP projects should enhance arts and cultural practices and achieve direct artistic and cultural outcomes. 

The two following categories are eligible for funding under the CIP grant:

  • Facility Improvements: funding assistance for capital improvement projects for the expansion, renovation or construction of arts and cultural facilities. Permanent fixtures and mechanisms that cannot be removed without altering ceilings, floors, walls and/or damaging the building are considered facility improvements.
  • Equipment: the purchase and installation of equipment will be considered where the equipment is part of an overall improvement to an arts facility or it enhances the effective delivery of arts and cultural activities and programs. Non-permanent fixtures/machinery, with a minimum totaling $5,000 are considered equipment.

Proposals should convey strong evidence of pre-planning and imminent completion. Facilities must be open to the public and provide accessible entrances.

MCACA Capital Improvement Program funding may ONLY be used for:

  • Expansion, renovation or construction of cultural facilities of all types
  • Facility structure or system maintenance
  • Construction and project management costs
  • Purchase of equipment directly related to the arts presenting or producing function of an organization

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180941

Estimated Size of Grant:

CIP applicants can request a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $100,000 in funding.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects and expenditures must occur and be complete within the MCACA grant period: October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021.

Funding for the same project or activity over multiple fiscal years will not be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


Eligibility is limited to art and cultural nonprofit organizations, counties, and municipalities (city, township, or village). Applicants must be incorporated in the State of Michigan. Federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(2), for projects owned or operated by agreement with nonprofit organizations, status is required by the applicant for projects outside the county, city, village or township operating authority.

Auxiliary support organizations or non-arts & culture nonprofits (such as, “friends of” xyz, neighborhood associations, economic development organizations, etc.) are not eligible to receive funding in the Capital Improvement grant program. Federal and State of Michigan agencies, divisions or departments are not eligible to apply for funding from MCACA.

Applicants must also ensure that no part of net earnings benefit a private individual. Donations to the organizations must be allowable as a charitable contribution under section 170c of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended. Organizations having status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and local Units of Government, meet this criteria.

Ineligible Recipients:

-Private For-Profit Organizations
-Schools, Colleges and/or Universities
-“Friends groups” or auxiliary nonprofit organizations primarily for the benefit of a specific activities, programs or fundraising are not eligible
-Federal and State of Michigan agencies, divisions, and/or departments are not eligible to apply for, or receive funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
-Projects which cannot be completed within the project period.

For a list of ineligible requests, see page 9 of the Guidelines document.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are to be submitted online through SmartSimple no later than 5:00 p.m. EST, June 1, 2020.

It is strongly recommended that you begin the online application BEFOREthe due date, in order to handle any unforeseen developments that may prevent a timely submission.

Grant awards must be matched on a 1:1 basis with cash and/or newly manufactured product match. In-kind labor is not an appropriate match for CIP grants.

All applicants are required to provide their Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number on the application form. Please visit to acquire a number.

Applicants to the CIP must include a $50.00 nonrefundable application fee.

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