Charged with developing arts and culture policy and grant-making, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) announced it has awarded Emergency Relief Fund grants to 176 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations around the state.

A total of $502,400 in one-time grants will be given to provide relief from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an announcement from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. MCACA established the Emergency Relief Fund in April from money provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“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,” MCACA Director Alison Watson said in a statement.


“We’re thankful for the support from our partners at Arts Midwest in assisting these organizations that add so much value to Michigan’s economy and bolster the creative life of our communities,” Watson said. “It is vital that we do everything we can to restore economic prosperity for all Michiganders to not only recover economically but to thrive.”


The Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives is among the recipients of the funding and will receive a $3,000 grant.

Numerous Michigan nonprofit organizations receiving grants from the fund include ArtPrize, Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Civic Theatre, John Ball Zoo, Muskegon Museum of Art, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, LowellArts, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Binder Park Zoo, Community Circle Theatre, Interlochen Center for the Arts and the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology. Most of the organizations were awarded $3,000.


In addition, GRAAMA received another grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Michigan Humanities Organizations Pandemic Emergency Grants, or Michigan H.O.P.E Grants, are made possible by an appropriation from the CARES Act. Humanities councils are uniquely positioned to provide emergency CARES Act funding to museums, libraries, archives, historic sites, and other nonprofits impacted by the pandemic.


“The CARES Act funding will allow Michigan Humanities to provide critical operational funds to arts and cultural organizations in a precarious financial position due to the pandemic’s impact on fundraising, loss of revenue from the event cancellations, and incurred service fees,” explained Shelly Kasprzycki, President and CEO of Michigan Humanities.


“Our board and staff are pleased to administer these important funds to protect what we hold so dear — the human connection through literature, history, arts, and culture.”

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