Library receives $17,000 grant from MCACA

ALPENA – Alpena County Library has been awarded $17,000 in operating and project support through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, with $2,900 of those funds contributed by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The grant was given through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 233 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2012 funding.

“It’s an honor to receive funding support from MCACA,” Library Director Eric Magness-Eubank said. “We’ve partnered with the council on several projects and appreciate their support as we work to build a reading community with arts and humanities programming in Northeast Michigan.”

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local support for the library has included the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, Besser Foundation, First Federal of Northern Michigan and Cheboygan Area Arts Council, among others. The library also receives generous financial and volunteer support from the community.

Funds will be used to provide high-quality arts programming.

The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at 517-241-4011 or by visiting the MCACA website at