MCACA Minigrant Program

LowellArts is the regional re-granting agency for: Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Osceola counties.


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How to Apply Using SmartSimple

MCACA uses the SmartSimple grant portal for all applications.


SmartSimple registration instructions and SmartSimple Profile instructions are included with the guidelines for each grant program as well as through the links below.


New grantees will need to register their organization and create an organization profile.

Instructions for:

MCACA Now Accepting Grant Applications for Fiscal Year 2022



MCACA Minigrant Project & POD Grants and MCACA preK-12 School Grants are provided by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA). 


The State of Michigan Minigrant Program is a partnership between the MCACA and fifteen regional re-granting agencies throughout the state.


LowellArts administers these grants for the counties in Region 4B: Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Osceola counties.

Minigrant Program

Professional or Organization Development Minigrants (POD) provide up to $1,500 to assist non-profit arts and cultural organizations, artists, arts administrators, arts educators and film professionals with opportunities that specifically improve their management and/or brings the artist or arts organization to another level artistically. The Minigrant POD program may provide Michigan arts and cultural orgs, artists, arts administrators and arts educators a presence at national conferences and workshops.

Arts Projects Minigrants provide up to $4,000 to support special opportunities and address arts and cultural needs locally. The grant can assist in promoting public engagement, diverse and distinctive art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening or livability of communities. Through the arts, projects can support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture and/or arts education.

preK-12 School Grants

Arts Equipment & Supplies Grants provide up to $1500 to Michigan preK-12 schools to pay for arts equipment (including repairs of arts equipment) or supplies being used within the classroom/school setting. Michigan preK-12 teachers in any arts discipline may apply for the grant, including; creative writing, film/video, music, visual arts, and theater.

Bus Grants provide up to $500 to Michigan preK-12 schools for the transportation cost of an arts or culture related trip.

LowellArts support to 4B Grant Applicants

Support provided by LowellArts to eligible organizations and individuals in Region 4B includes: answering any questions you or your organization has regarding your program or application,

consultation and assistance with grant writing and budgeting,​ and grant program administration including site-visits to funded projects.

Contact LowellArts directly with questions or to set-up a consultation phone call, email, or site visit regarding your application.

LowellArts MCACA Minigrant Administrator:​ Lorain Smalligan,, (616) 897-8545.

Past 4B Minigrant Awards

Fiscal Year 2021-Round 2

Fiscal Year 2021

Fiscal Year 2020

Fiscal Year 2019

Fiscal Year 2018

Fiscal Year 2017

Fiscal Year 2016

Fiscal Year 2015

Fiscal Year 2014


Two opportunities are available to address local arts and cultural needs and/or to increase public access to arts and culture.


  • Arts Projects Minigrants

  • Professional Development (POD) Mingrants

Deadline for Arts Projects & Professional Development (POD) Minigrants:

January 15, 2022 (Round 2*).


*Not all regions offer Round 2 funding.

Who Can Apply

You are able to apply for both the Arts Projects Minigrant and the POD Minigrant.


Eligible Non-profit Organizations include: Service Organizations | Arts Organizations | Parks and Recreational Organizations | Libraries | Professional Associations | Public and Non-Public Schools | Cities, Townships, and Villages | Individual Artists (POD Grants only)


MCACA preK-12 School Grants

Two opportunities are available to Michigan preK-12 schools to assist with access to art through transportation and supply funds.


  • Arts Equipment & Supplies Grants​

  • Bus Grants

Rolling deadline for both of these grants through: April 15, 2022.

Who Can Apply

You are able to apply for both the Arts Equipment & Supplies Grant and the Bus Grant.

Applicants must be accredited Michigan preK-12 educational institutions: Public or Non-Public School | Private School |  Home School | School District | Intermediate School District | Regional Educational Service Agency | Accredited Head Start Program


Learn More About Minigrants

Learn more about the MCACA Minigrant program and get grant writing tips:

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding. A key conduit for arts and cultural information, MCACA is also a source of arts and culture grant funding.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) offers applicants from across the state of Michigan the opportunity to apply (based on eligibility) to one of six programs MCACA offers:

  • Arts in Education

  • Capital Improvement

  • Minigrant Projects & POD

  • New Leaders

  • Operational Support

  • Project Support

Interested applicants can find more information about each of these programs, including grant guidelines, on the MCACA website. This funding cycle will cover projects taking place between Oct 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022.