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Grants, Grant Information and Application Forms

These grant programs are funded in part by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature,  with money from the State's general fund and its Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. This fund was created by a vote by the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4th, 2008. These programs are also funded in part by the McKnight Foundation.

            ECRAC funded grants in FY 2012            ECRAC funded grants in FY 2013        ECRAC funded grants in FY 2014      ECRAC funded grants in FY 2015


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Current Grants

ECRAC currently offers the following grants. Click on each title to learn more.

  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) Grants for Organizations

    Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (also known as Legacy) grants available for arts projects sponsored by groups, organizations, nonprofits, and units of government located within the Region 7E service area.

  • Art in Our Schools Grant

      The purpose of this ECRAC grant is to enhance the existing arts curriculum in educational facilities throughout Region 7E (Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine Counties in Minnesota.)

  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) Grant for Individuals

    Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (also known as Legacy) grants available for arts projects by individuals residing in Region 7E. 

  • ECRAC McKnight Fellowship Grant

    The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) McKnight Fellowship program is designed to recognize, reward, and encourage outstanding professional artists. The Council will fund artists at various stages in their professional careers. 

  • ECRAC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant

    The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) developed the Individual Artist Program with McKnight Foundation funding to provide financial support to artists committed to personal artistic growth. 

  • K-12 Student Scholarship

    Art Scholarships for K-12 students for special art opportunities.

  • Operating Support Grant

    Grants for operating support for Region 7E arts organizations.

  • Small/Art Project Grant for Organizations

    Grants for local or regional arts projects sponsored/organized by groups, organizations, nonprofits, schools, and units of government. This category provides support to organizations for a wide variety of art projects involving the creation, sponsorship, publication, performance, and/or exhibition of art.

Grant Applications

Submit grant applications online by the deadline!  ECRAC transitioned to online grant applications for the November 1, 2015, grant deadlines.  You will be notified by email of the receipt of your grant. Grant applications are generally reviewed by ECRAC a month or two after the application deadline. This means the start date of projects, including advertising, cannot be before the  earliest project start date as listed in the guidelines. 

If you would like to see past successful grant applications or pick up a hard copy of the grant guidelines feel free to stop in to the ECRAC office at 112 Main Ave S in Braham, MN.

Grant Tips

Who, What, Where, When, and Why?

The best grant applications are for projects that are planned well ahead of the grant deadline and have clear timelines, objectives, and outcomes. You should focus on the artistic merit of the project, your (or your organization's ability) to accomplish the project, and need.

You should also be clear on how you will evaluate the success of your art project before it happens - don't let evaluation be an after-thought! You are required to report it.

ECRAC staff can review your draft grant applications if you contact us early enough in the process. We also have past successful grant applications for you to review and there are monthly grant writing workshops for you to attend. Download More Tips »