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Essentials Support Grant

Grants to Minnesota Arts Nonprofits for Support
to Maintain Services, Programs, and Facilities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC)

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 Submitted before 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations in eligible counties for general organizational expenses. Funding is intended to help established arts organizations continue services and programs and maintain their facilities. Eligible organizations are in Isanti, Kanabec, Chisago, Pine, and Mille Lacs counties.

This program provides general operating support to high quality, established arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art; to organizations that provide a broad range of services to artists; and to community arts groups that make arts learning available to regional individuals of all ages and abilities.

This program recognizes that organizations with an established record of programmatic service and administrative stability should have access to funds to support their organizational goals and objectives, and to maintain their ongoing programs, services, and facilities without any emphasis on new initiatives or programs as justification for funding. 

ECRAC ACHF Essentials Support Grant proposals may include the following expenses based on organizations identified needs and proposed outcomes.

  • General operating expenses (e.g. – facility rental (not purchase) costs, operational insurance, Directors and Officer’s insurance, office or art supplies and equipment, utilities, general (not project specific) advertising, and phone or internet service, etc.)
  • Board and staff training in non-profit or art best practices.
  • Long range planning consultations (except fundraising).
  • Purchase of equipment or small capital expenses necessary to the mission of the arts organization. (3 quotes (1 from a Minnesota vendor) and an equipment use plan are required for all capital expenses over $500.)
  • Expenses related to ADA compliance, or upgrades, in the facility used.
  • Memberships in organizations such as the local chamber of commerce, GPS 45:93, or the Minnesota Council of Non-Profits, etc. Travel (within Minnesota) for staff and board members to attend meetings, conferences, or trainings provided by these or other membership organizations. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141422

Estimated Size of Grant:

$3,000 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

July 1 to June 30

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ECRAC serves the non-profit arts organization community in the five Region 7E Minnesota counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine. Eligible organizations must be located in one of these counties and must be a Minnesota private, non-profit arts organization which has obtained, for at least a year, 501(c)3 tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code and have registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State and Department of Revenue. Applicants must not have been disqualified for ECRAC grant funding (due to overdue or incomplete past final reports or other grantee issues).

Organizations must also meet all of the following requirements:

1. The organization must be a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization physically located in Region 7E (in East Central Minnesota).
2. Programming, services, or activities must take place in Region 7E in Minnesota, and must primarily serve and engage Region 7E audiences and participants.
3. The organization must be an arts organization defined as producing arts, presenting arts, a community arts school, or an artist service agency. For the purposes of this program, public or private pre-K-12 schools, colleges, or universities; radio and television stations; libraries; friends of the libraries; zoos; children’s museums; historical societies or museums; natural history museums; civic organizations; human service organization; or other community service agencies do not meet the definition of “arts organization.”
4. The organization must have a history of at least two years of arts programming and services prior to applying and at least one year as a designated 501(c)3 non-profit per IRS determination letter.
5. The organization must be a regional arts organization. Local chapters of state or national organizations are only eligible to apply if they are administratively independent or receive little or no funding from their parent group.
6. The organization cannot have an annual organizational budget over $174,000.
7. Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grantees are not eligible for this funding.

This grant program is not intended to fund any specific arts projects or events.

For ineligible organizations or expenses, please see

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 questions answered on project ideas.

Upcoming workshop: TBD

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Application Deadlines: March 1, 2021.

The staff person can best be of help if contacted in advance of the application technical assistance deadline.

An organization may be awarded a General Operating Support grant and still be eligible to apply for and receive funding from other ECRAC project grant programs, as appropriate.

Only one General Operating Support grant is available to organizations annually and the grant is approved for an ECRAC fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).

Contact the ECRAC Grant Program Officer to determine the availability of funding and which of the grant areas the proposal fits into.

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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.

Online application portal:

For questions:
Executive Director

Grant Program Officer:
320-591-7031 x 2

112 Main Avenue South
PO Box 294
Braham, MN 55006
320-591-7031 ext. 1

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Geographic Focus:

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


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