This grant program has been revised. Applicants should read all application materials carefully!
- The first grant deadline for this program has been extended to November 1 each year!
- This is an online only application.
- Grant guidelines have been revised and will be available about 4 weeks before the deadline.
- Artists are no longer required to give a 10 minute presentation during the grant review.
- We encourage you to attend a grant info session check out the calendar for in-person dates or go to http://tinyurl.com/ecracworkshop for an online version.
Helpful hint - pay attention to the earliest allowable start dates! The start date is the date you start to spend $ on the art grant project NOT the date of your event.
The Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota's designated regional arts councils are entrusted with stewardship of funding through the State of Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF.) Proceeds from the fund may be spent only on arts and arts access, arts education and arts and cultural heritage. The fund is intended to create a strong arts legacy in Minnesota.
The East Central Regional Arts Council has Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (also known as Legacy) grants available for arts projects by individuals residing in Region 7E. This category provides support to individuals for a wide variety of arts projects involving the creation, sponsorship, performance, and/or exhibition of art. Arts producing activities and an arts activity which is open to the public should result from the project. An Outcome Evaluation Plan is required for this funding program.
The ECRAC funds ACHF requests from individual artists of up to $2,500. There are three application deadlines per year for this program, November 1, February 1, and April 1 for projects starting about 3 months later.
To apply you will need the following:
- FY 2017 ECRAC ACHF Guidelines and Instructions (pdf) - read this before applying to understand the grant funding guidelines. You will find them in the download section at the bottom of this page. Both individual artist and organization instructions are included at the end. If you are applying as an artist you'll disregard the organization instruction section at the end. Guidelines will be available about 4 weeks before the application deadline.
- Additional materials as explained in both the instructions and the online grant application. These items ensure your eligibility and help to establish that your project fits the grant review criteria.
- The online ECRAC grant application portal. See below for details.
How to Apply With the ECRAC Grant Application Portal
East Central Regional Arts Council has moved to an online granting system! All applications going forward must be submitted through the ECRAC Grant Portal. Please refer to the tips below to help you navigate the new system.
Links for each grant program application will only become available about 4 weeks prior to each grant deadline.
Getting Started: On your first visit to the ECRAC Grant Portal, you will need to create a new account with a username and password. Please note that if you are applying as an organization, your organization can only have one username and password for the online system. Please be sure to keep this information as you will need it again to access the Portal for grant requirements and for all future requests.
Returning to an Application: Your application does not need to be completed in one session and can be returned to and edited until you formally submit the application. Please be sure to save your application often while working on it and before you exit the system. To return to your application, you can access the ECRAC Grant Portal through the Manage My Grant page. There you may logon using the email address and password you created the first time you entered.
Uploading Information: There are fields in the application that will require you to upload information (documents, media, etc.). Please note that your information will not be completely uploaded until you click “Save”. Be sure to save your application often so as not to lose any progress or information.
Submitting an Application: Once you have completed and reviewed your application, you may submit the application for funding consideration. Once an application has been submitted you will be able to view the application, but not edit or make any changes to it.
For more assistance in navigating the ECRAC Grant Portal, please refer to this tutorial: ECRAC Grant Portal Tutorial – video link