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Essential Arts Alert

April 1 Art Grant Deadlines & March Information Sessions

East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) would like to announce the Grant Applications are now open for the upcoming April 1, 2021 Grant Deadline. These grants are available to artists, arts and other non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and local units of government located in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine Counties.

ECRAC has funds to help support the arts with the following grant opportunities:

Grants for artists

  • Resiliency Grant – up to $600, rolling deadline every day through the end of June
  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grant – up to $1,000*
  • Mid-Career Artist Grant – up to $2,500*

Grants for organizations

  • Resiliency Grants - up to $600, rolling deadline rolling deadline every day through the end of June
  • Art in Our Schools Grant – up to $3,000*
  • Small/Arts Project Grant - $500 to $5,000*
  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grant - $5,000 to $15,000*

If you’d like to learn more about the grants, you’re welcome to join us at the upcoming grant information sessions in March. These sessions cover basic information about ECRAC grant programs, as well as recent changes to the grant application processes. If you have already attended a grant information session in the past, a refresher is always a good idea to keep you up to date!

Grant Information Sessions for Artists who want to learn about funding available for the upcoming grant deadlines will be online via Zoom on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

If you’re with an art group, non-profit, school, or public entity and want to learn about funding available for your organization's art project for the upcoming ECRAC grant deadline, this information sessions will be online via Zoom Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

For more information, please contact Katina Eklund, Grant Program Officer, East Central Regional Arts Council, at grantinfo@ecrac.org or by calling 320-591-7034. The links to the Zoom meetings can be emailed to you, or found on the ECRAC Website at ecrac.org We hope to see you there!

*Next grant deadline after April 1 won't be until October 1.

Artist Opportunity for the first 10 artists to respond!

ECRAC is delighted to offer hard copies of the Springboard for the Arts Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum and the Handbook for Artists Working in Community for free to the first 10 artists to request them via email! These workbooks are perfect for individual study, ready to be marked up and annotated, or as a textbook in a classroom or workshop setting. Both books are full-color and spiral bound, with illustration and design by Cori Nakamura Lin. Email info@ecrac.org for your chance at a free copy and make sure to include your mailing address in the email.

Don't want a hard copy of the book? Springboard for the Arts has online toolkits available, too.

Reminder of the Resiliency Grants

Are you an artist or an arts organization and need a $600 grant to help with issues related to the pandemic or social injustice? The Resiliency Grant was developed for you and it is an easy application. Click below for more information.

Resiliency Grants for Artists - Open now & daily through June 30th

Resiliency Grants for Arts Orgs - Open now & daily through June 30th