The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has announced over $5.6 million in grants to 312 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions and municipalities in 47 counties throughout the state. The Council received 600 applications requesting over $8.2 million in funding.
The funds come from a state appropriation of $6.15 million recommended by Governor Snyder and approved by the legislature. The funding represented the first increase in in nearly 4 years. A complete listing of the grant awardees can be found here.
Arts and culture are essential components of thriving, vibrant communities as recognized by the MML Center for 21st Century Communities. A healthy creative sector attracts and retains residents and businesses, and produces economic benefits including jobs, a stronger tax base, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, and tourism.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.