Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs distributes $500,000 in grants

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FRIDAY, May 22 — Arts organizations across Michigan received some much-needed financial breathing room Thursday morning in the form of a $502,400 emergency relief fund provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Other sponsors of the relief fund include Arts Midwest, a nonprofit regional arts organization and MCACA partner, which provided $83,834.

"Today's Emergency Relief Fund grants are providing immediate support to our state's arts and cultural organizations as they work to economically recover from the COVID-19 virus," said MCACA director Alison Watson in Thursday’s press release.

You can view the full list of recipients, broken down by county, here. Seven of the organizations are based in Ingham County and received $3,000 each:

  • All-of-Us Express Children’s Theatre
  • Arts Council of Greater Lansing
  • Community Circler Players – Riverwalk Theatre
  • Lansing Symphony
  • MICA Gallery
  • Michigan Youth Arts
  • REACH Studio Art Center

MCACA established its $502,400 Emergency Relief Fund with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Thursday’s press release from MCACA notes that the grants are intended for “salary support (full or partial) for one or more employees; fees for artists and/or contractual personnel; and facility costs, such as rent and utilities.”

In order to be eligible, applicants had to be a nonprofit art and cultural organization, hold tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Services code, and be incorporated and physically located in Michigan.

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