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COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant for Arts Organizations

Grants to Minnesota Artists and Art Organizations in Eligible
Counties for Online Art Projects During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC)

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Grants of up to $600 to Minnesota individual artists and art organizations in eligible counties for online art projects while arts venues are closed due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) health crisis. Funding is intended to support projects in a range of disciplines, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, and more. Applicants must show that they can do the project without violating any public health guidelines; for example, no in-person activities are allowed. Artists may only work with each other virtually. Eligible applicants are located in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, or Pine Counties.

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GrantWatch ID#: 188851

Number of Grants:

1-3 projects/week

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $600

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed, and grant funds spent, by June 30, 2021.

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.

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 or partner. 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.

For additional funding limitations, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Links for each grant program application usually become available about 4 weeks prior to each grant deadline but this grant program is receiving applications daily through June 30, 2020.

Individual 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.

Application process:

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
PO Box 554
Hinckley, MN 55037
(320) 591-7031 x 1

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Geographic Focus:

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

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