MCACA grants benefit local organizations

Manistee Civic Players, Vogue Theatre among recipients

TRAVERSE CITY — Thirteen arts and cultural groups in northwest Michigan have been approved for minigrant funds through the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Regranting Program for local projects and professional development planned between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018.

The organizations will share $32,775 in total funding. An additional $4,725 will be awarded in February 2018, for a total of $37,500 in minigrant support. The MCACA regrant program is administered locally through NorthSky Nonprofit Network in Traverse City.

Locally, the Manistee Civic Players were awarded $2,500.

The grant will be used to help fund the 2017-18 season and will help provide much-need assistance for theater space rental, set building, costumes, props and other fees associated with putting on a full scale community theater production, said executive director JoAnn Muma.

“We are so grateful for the funding and the support,” she said. “This grant will help us to continue to put on local shows and providing our services to the community. NorthSky and MCACA grant programs are crucial to arts organizations throughout Michigan.”

For more information on the Civic Players, visit www.manisteecivicplayers.org, call the business office at (231) 723-7188 or email www.civicplayers@ramsdell-theater.org.

Applications for Round 2 professional and organizational development (POD) minigrants are available online at mcaca.egrant.net and due Jan. 15 (no project minigrants are available in Round 2).

MCACA regranting goals are to address arts and cultural needs, increase public access to arts and culture, build capacity and support projects that preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture.

The grants are funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Arts and Cultural Affairs and administered through 10 regional districts. Rotary Charities/NorthSky is administering Region 2 funding for Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.

In addition to minigrant funding, MCACA awarded $786,381 to 28 organizations in the 10-county region for operational and project support, facilities and equipment improvements and arts in education residencies.

Local recipients by county include:

• Benzie, $37,500: Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Michigan Legacy Art Park; and

• Manistee, $27,240: Historic Vogue Theatre.

A listing of all MCACA grant recipients is available on the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs website at: www.michiganbusiness.org/cm/Files/MCACA/2017_Funding_Plan_County.pdf?rnd=1473545655809.

For questions about MCACA minigrants, Round 2 applications or notification of future arts funding information, contact Mary Bevans Gillett, regrant coordinator, at (231) 883-8388 or mgillett03@gmail.com.

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