The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs approved grants for 2016-17 fiscal year to 459 non profit organizations, including music festivals, art centers, school districts, historical societies, along with world-class art museums and symphonies. The annual grant program attracted 558 applications from a broad geographical and cultural cross section of Michigan.
Arts and cultural groups from nearly three-quarters of the state’s 83 counties received grants. Additionally, more counties and communities will be reached through the regional re-granting mini-grant program.
Six organizations in Muskegon county received a total of seven grant awards totaling $188,500.
Four organizations in Muskegon county received operational grant awards. An operational grant is designed to further the general purpose or work of an organization, rather than for a specific purpose or project. The Arts Council of White Lake in Whitehall was awarded $15,000, the Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation received $28,000, the West Michigan Symphony was awarded $20,000 and the performance venue known as The Block in Muskegon was awarded $12,500.
When contacted for comment, Carla Hill, President and CEO of the West Michigan Symphony said “We are very grateful to the Council and the panel members for these grant awards. This type of funding is an important part of strengthening the cultural fabric of our community.”
Grants for capital improvements were awarded to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake ($45,000) and the Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation ($50,000.) The Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall received $18,000 in project support.
Additionally, $803,080 in grant awards were given to 34 organizations in Kent County and $175,930 in awards were given to 10 organizations in Ottawa county.
For a complete grant recipient list, www.puremi.ch/2cJwrA5.
Applications were adjudicated by 129 peer reviewers during the open panel process observed by 389 members of the public, either in person or online. Peer professionals from the state and nation evaluate, score and rank the grant applications based upon published program criteria found in the MCACA guidelines. Award recommendations are submitted to the Governor’s Council before final approval.
All MCACA grants require matching funds; recipients often leverage state arts grants in seeking to attract funding from other public, private and foundation sources.
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