East Central Regional Arts Council's fall art grant deadline is October 1!

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October 1st Applications are Now Open!

The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC), serving the Minnesota counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine; including the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe lands, welcomes applicants to apply for art grant funding. ECRAC provides arts funding to artists, culture bearers, art organizations, nonprofits, and local units of government located in region 7E.

ECRAC is accepting grant applications from eligible applicants now through 11:59 pm on October 2, 2023 (because October 1st is on a Sunday, ECRAC allows for submissions through the following business day).

HIGHER GRANT AMOUNTS! The October 1st grant opportunities include five grant programs, two for artists and three to organizations (non-profits, schools, units of government). The applications vary and ECRAC Staff are available to assist you with determining what grant program fits the art project you’d like to apply for.

The grant programs for artists include the ECRAC Mid-Career Artist Grant in amounts up to $3,600 and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) Legacy Individual Artist Grant in amounts up to $2,000. The grant programs for organizations include the Art in Our Schools Grant in amounts up to $5,000, the Small/Art Project Grant in amounts between $600 - $5,000, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) Legacy Organization Grant in amounts between $5,000 - $20,000.

Detailed information about each of the grant opportunities can be found on the ECRAC website: ecrac.org. Applicants are also invited to attend a grant information session to learn more about these grant programs and how to apply. Upcoming grant information sessions will be both in-person at the ECRAC office located at 540 Weber Ave, Hinckley, and online via Zoom. For artists the in-person session will be September 11th at 2:00 pm and the online session will be via Zoom on September 14th at 10:00 am. The next grant information sessions for organizations will be in-person on September 11th at 10:00 am and the online session via Zoom September 14th at 2:00 pm. Register for these sessions at the ECRAC Events Calendar page, or contact our Grant Program Officer, Katina Eklund, at grantinfo@ecrac.org 

East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) has a new phone number!

Also, ECRAC has a brand-new phone number! You’ll want to update your contact information with the new number! Call 320-336-0200 for more information about ECRAC grants and other upcoming grant opportunities we provide. You can also visit the website at ecrac.org; or send an email to info@ecrac.org. ECRAC Staff is available to answer any questions you may have about these opportunities. 

Reminder: ECRAC is Seeking Even More Volunteers to Review Art Grant Applications

Some grant programs at ECRAC will be reviewed by artists, creatives and community members with a variety of backgrounds and familiarity with different arts disciplines. Other grant programs will be reviewed by ECRAC Board Members who are also creatives or involved in supporting the arts.

Thanks to all that applied earlier this month, we look forward to working with you! & ECRAC could use additional volunteers... recruit your creative friends for a limited time only!

Grant Reviewers and Board Members read applications online prior to either a Zoom or in person review meeting and are offered a stipend of at least $80 plus mileage for their efforts. Training and support are provided for all reviewers and board members. The fall deadline for application for grant reviewers is deadline is October 1, 2023.

Participating in these grant reviews at ECRAC will deepen your knowledge and experience around the grantmaking process. Grant reviewers and Board Members are sometimes artists or arts administrators, but you don’t need to be. You don't even need to have a degree in art, or even be an artist. You can serve as a grant reviewer without it impacting your eligibility for other grant programs. However, ECRAC Board Members are not allowed to personally apply for grants during their terms. See the FY 2023 Grant Impact Report below to learn who ECRAC has recently supported.

This grant review work really makes a difference!

Consider serving as a reviewer if you:

  • Have an interest in art and community.

  • Have experience with specific cultural communities.

  • Are a creator and make art in any discipline or genre.

  • Work in education (especially language arts, music, choir, theatre, or visual arts).

  • Have experience in nonprofit programming or administration.

  • Engage in other forms of community organizing.

  • Care about East Central Minnesota and want to support the artists and arts programming here.

ECRAC's FY 2023 Grant Impact Report

Contact director@ecrac.org or call Executive Director, Mary Minnick-Daniels at 320-336-0200 with any questions on Board Membership or Grant Reviewing at ECRAC.

Apply to be a grant reviewer or a board member here!