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Operational Support Grant

Grants to Michigan Arts and Cultural
Nonprofits for General Operating Support

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

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06/01/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Michigan nonprofit arts and cultural organizations to help cover general operating expenses. Funding may be requested to support most aspects of a qualifying organization’s annual operating costs. Grant sizes will be based on the organization's annual revenues.

The Operational Support Program provides support exclusively to arts and cultural organizations throughout Michigan. These organizations connect with people and the world around them by exploring, sharing and supporting creative expression. 

Allowable expenses include the following: 

  • Salaries, wages, honoraria, artist fees, internships, artist residencies 
  • Marketing expenses
  • Supplies, including performance or other production costs Administrative fees
  • Administrative fees
  • Equipment rental
  • Space rental
  • Technology costs, excluding the purchase of equipment
  • Facility maintenance, excluding permanent structural or other permanent capital improvements
  • Costs related to market research, visitor studies, strategic planning 
  • Recording costs

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GrantWatch ID#: 181007

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants to the Operational Support category must select the appropriate Tier (reflected in the request amount) based on the unrestricted revenues (no in-kind) listed on the Funders Report. The Funders Report show financials based on a three year history, for this grant cycle the report must reflect fiscal years 2017, 2018, 2019. The table below reflects the five different tier levels. Remember, grant requests cannot exceed 50% of the total unrestricted revenues.

Tiers Based on CDP Funders Report - Maximum Request:

Tier I - $15 million and above: $60,000
Tier II - $5 - $14.99 million: $50,000
Tier III - $1 - $4.99 million: $40,000
Tier IV - $250,001 to $999,999: $30,000
Tier V - $10,000 to $250,000: $25,000

Term of Contract:

Grant awards must be expended between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Operational Support Program provides support exclusively to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations throughout the state of Michigan. MCACA defines arts and cultural organizations as those organizations whose primary mission is to promote and provide connections through creative expression by sharing creative experiences, expressing our own creativity or connecting us with others and ourselves.

Applicant organizations must be physically located in the State of Michigan with the majority of arts programming, services or activities taking place in Michigan.They must ensure 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 with status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code and local Units of Government meet this criteria.)

Eligible organizations:

- ArtsEducation Organizations. These organizations provide an arts education experience for students outside the K-12 classroom.
- Arts Service Organizations. These organizations provide support services for other arts and cultural organizations and/or artists locally, regionally,statewide (i.e. art councils).
- Collecting or Material Organizations. These organizations provide public access to physical collections and exhibits. Such as, Museums, Historical Societies and Zoos.
- Public Broadcasting Organizations. These organizations regularly provide significant arts and cultural programming and/or coverage of the activities of and issues facing Michigan arts and cultural organizations.
- Literary Arts Organizations. These organizations provide opportunities in creative literary expression, presentation and participation.
- Performing Arts Organizations. These organizations produce and/or present live, discipline-based performance experiences.
- Visual Arts/ Film/Video/Digital Organizations. These organizations encourage the creation and/or presentation of visual art forms, support artists, visual and medial arts.

Funding cannot include costs incurred prior to the grant starting date, indirect costs for the handling/management of grant funds, awards or cash prizes, fundraising events, reception costs and out of state travel.

Organizations not eligible to apply in this category, see page 4 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 your online application before the due date to handle any unforeseen technical problems that may prevent a timely application.

Grants awarded must be matched on a 1:1 cash basis only. Grant requests cannot exceed 50% of the total unrestricted revenues (no in-kind).

All applicants are required to submit a $50.00 nonrefundable application fee.

All applicants in the Operational Support program must participate in Data Arts:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Jeff Garrett, Community Development Program Manager

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USA: Michigan


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