Small/Art Project Grant

About This Grant

About This Grant

The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) has grants available for local or regional arts projects sponsored or organized by groups, organizations, nonprofits, and units of government. This category provides support to organizations for a wide variety of arts projects involving the creation, sponsorship, publication, performance, and/or exhibition of art. Arts producing activities or services for artists or arts organizations should result from the project. There is no limit on the number of grants that can be received each fiscal year but applicants are limited to submitting one application per grant deadline per grant program. Eligible applicants must be located in Region 7E, the Minnesota Counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe lands

ECRAC funds requests from $600 to $5,000 (with an equal match provided by the applicant) in this category. Schools are also eligible for this project funding. There are three application deadlines per year for this program, October 1, February 1, and April 1.

Examples of eligible projects:

  • Performances by touring artists/companies
  • Exhibitions such as visual art shows
  • Local theatre productions
  • Residencies involving a professional artist or culture bearer
  • Public art projects
  • Workshops, classes, publications, films, and presentations that promote artists or participation in the arts
  • Other projects providing access to the arts for community audiences


1.  FY 2024-2025 ECRAC Small Art Project Grant Guidelines (pdf) - read this before applying to understand the grant funding guidelines. See the download section at the right side of the page for this pdf.

2.  Additional materials as explained in the instructions in the online grant application. These items ensure the eligibility of your organization and help to establish that the project fits the grant guidelines and review criteria.

3. The ECRAC grant application portal.

Where to Apply

Where to Apply

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 - 6 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 may 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.


Quick Summary

Matching Grants of $600 to $5,000
October 1, February 1, and April 1
Contact Information

For more assistance in navigating the ECRAC Grant Portal, please refer to the ECRAC Grant Portal Tutorial.

If you need further assistance navigating the ECRAC Grant Portal or have any other questions, please feel free to contact ECRAC by email at grantinfo@ecrac.org or by calling (320) 336-0200.