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by COVID-19 or Racial Disparities for Art Projects

ECRAC Resiliency Grant for For Artists and Art Organizations

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East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC)

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Grants to Minnesota individual artists and art organizations in eligible counties who have been affected by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) health crisis or racial disparities for art projects. Funding is intended to support online projects or projects in other forms in a range of disciplines, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, and more. Eligible applicants are located in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine Counties.

This grant is for artists and art organizations who have had projects cancelled, postponed, or affected by these circumstances. Projects may be in any form or discipline based on ECRAC’s definition of art. Applicants must show that they can do the project without needing to violate any public health guidelines.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188851

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $600

Term of Contract:

The entire project must be completed before June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual Artists:
The applicant may be any individual artist who is a permanent resident (for at least 6 months) in one of the five Minnesota counties of: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, or Pine. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age. The applicant must be either a U.S. citizen, or have attained permanent resident alien status. The applicant must not have any outstanding or unacceptable final reports with ECRAC. Individual artists may not have more than one active ECRAC grant at a time. ECRAC considers Culture Bearers as artists.

Arts organizations in the following counties: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, or Pine. Organizations that are State-registered and federally recognized non-profit, tax-exempt organizations with a focus on the arts. Your organization must be an arts producing, arts presenting, or artist service agency, dedicated primarily to the arts. “Primarily” is defined as more than 75% of your organization’s activities and budget must be solely dedicated to the arts. Your programming, services, or activities must take place in Minnesota, and must primarily serve and engage Minnesota audiences and participants. Your organization must have a history of at least one year of arts-related programs and services prior to applying. Your organization must have at least one paid or designated volunteer staff person.

If your group has not yet received nonprofit, tax-exempt status, you may apply by using a non-profit organization, accredited school, tribal government, or other unit of government as a fiscal sponsor.

Arts Organizations currently receiving Operating Support from the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) are not eligible to apply to this grant program, though they may serve as an eligible group’s fiscal sponsor. Past ECRAC grant recipients with an overdue, unaccepted, or falsified final report are ineligible to apply.

No part of the grant may be used to cover expenses incurred before the approved start date or after the end of the project.

The act of only purchasing equipment does not constitute a fundable grant project. Grant requests for a grant project equipment purchase must include: a detailed plan for the use of the equipment; and a statement certifying the equipment will not be sold without prior ECRAC approval.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Application Workshops: Information sessions are held monthly. Participants will learn about the grant programs, application process, and how to write an effective ECRAC grant application. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered on your project ideas.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. ECRAC will fund projects weekly as long as funding allows.

Individual artist applicants seeking funding support from both ECRAC and the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) may do so only after consulting with ECRAC staff.

Technical assistance is available for applicants who need advice in developing a grant proposal.

Applicants are required in the grant application budget form to identify where all grant project funds will be expended. All matching funds included in the budget should be committed to the grant project.

ECRAC maintains a library of submitted and funded grant applications. Reviewing these materials can enhance your understanding of the process and may improve your application. The application library is normally open during regular office hours (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). The library staff is happy to help you. Calling to make an appointment in advance is required.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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109 Weber Ave S - Ste 109
Hinckley, MN 55037
(320) 591-7031

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine Counties

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