CUPPAD has mini grants to assist in funding community art projects

ESCANABA – Grant money is available through the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development (CUPPAD) Regional Commission to assist in funding community art projects.

In partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), the CUPPAD Regional Commission is the regional re-granting agency for the Central U.P., serving Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee, and Schoolcraft counties.

There are two components to the Mini-grant Program for fiscal year 2015: Art Project grants and Professional and Organizational Development grants.

Art Project grants provide up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects. A 1:1 cash or in-kind match is required. Applicants are limited to registered non-profit organizations, municipalities, schools, colleges, and universities.

Professional and Organizational Development grants provide up to $1,500 to assist arts and cultural organizations, administrators, and professional artists with opportunities that specifically improve their business management and/or bring the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically.

A 25 percent cash or in-kind match is required for Professional and Organizational Development grants, which can be used to attend conferences, workshops, seminars, or the hire short-term consultants.

Applicants to the Mini-grant Program must use the MCACA online application at Applications must be submitted by Oct. 15 for round one of funding. A second round will be held if there are leftover funds from the first; the deadline will be Feb. 2, 2015.

Grant activity must take place between Jan. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2015.

For more information, contact the CUPPAD office at (906) 786-9234 or (800) 562-9828, or go to to view the updated guidelines and application process for the Mini-grant Program.