Tibbits receives MCACA grant awards

COLDWATER –The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) announced its grant awards for 2021-2022 and they included two for the Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. – an Operational Support Grant and a Capital Improvement Grant.

This year’s Operational Support Grant award of $19,500 represents a $4500 increase from last year. The grant includes funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Capital Improvement Grant of $68,080 will fund the addition of a fire alarm system and additional egress lighting for the historic theatre as well as continued investment in the theatrical and lighting equipment. The Capital Improvement Grant requires a dollar-for-dollar match. 

According to Tibbits Executive Director Christine Delaney, “These awards provide an important boost to our annual budget as well as our continued investment in the building. We are grateful for both of the grants. The process is very competitive and it is always nice to have affirmation of the work we are doing for our community.”

Both MCACA grants were awarded through the peer review process and were among 594 applications competing for fiscal year 2022 funding. Through the review process grant applications were evaluated and recommendations made to the MCACA Governor’s Council. The two grants to Tibbits represent the only funding from MCACA for Branch County this year.

According to Alison Watson, Director of MCACA, “It is really wonderful to see so many great grant applications. Especially during these times, it is a strong affirmation that the field is still vibrant and the value of our programs is appreciated.”

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs is dedicated to ensuring that every citizen and community in Michigan enjoys the civic, economic and educational benefits of arts and culture.

Tibbits Opera House built in 1882 is owned and operated by the Tibbits Opera Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1962. Its mission is “to engage all in arts, culture, education and the preservation of the historic Opera House.” To support the theatre’s general operations or specifically the sound and theatrical equipment project go on line to Tibbits.org, stop at the Tibbits offices at 93 W. Chicago St., Coldwater 9-5 Mon. through Fri., or call 517.278.6029.