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Art in Our Schools Grant

Contact ECRAC Program Officer Katina Eklund at 320-396-2337 x 2 or by email at  with any grant related questions.  You also may want to check the online ECRAC calendar for upcoming grant workshops.


This grant program has been revised.  Applicants should read all application materials carefully! 


  •  The grant amount is $3,000 and no match is required!

  • This is an online only application.  

  • As of  FY 2018 (the November 1, 2017 deadline), ECRAC no longer requires your school to provide DataArts (formerly known as the Cultural Data Project) information!

  • We encourage you to attend a grant info session check out the calendar for in-person dates or go to for an online version.   

Helpful hint - pay attention to the earliest allowable start dates! The start date is the date your school starts spending $ on the art grant project NOT the date of your event.


The purpose of this East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) grant is to enhance the existing arts curriculum in educational facilities throughout Region 7E (Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine Counties in Minnesota.) The standard for the program is artistic excellence. This program will supplement the existing school arts curriculum with such programs as artistic residencies, arts related field trips, or special arts events or projects. Grants of up to $3,000 are available. No match is required. Grants could be used to support all K- 12 students and/or student groups such as drama club, art classes, community education, entire grades, or gifted and talented students.

There are three application deadlines per year for this program November 1, February 1, and April 1, for projects starting 60, or more, days later. An open to the public, community component, is required. 

To apply you will need the following:

    1. FY 2018-2019 ECRAC Art In Our Schools Guidelines (pdf) - read this before applying to understand the grant funding guidelines and to find the application instructions. See the download section at the bottom of this page for these guidelines.
    2. Additional materials as explained in both the guidelines and the online application. These items ensure the eligibility of your project and help to establish that the project fits the grant guidelines and review criteria.
    3. The online ECRAC grant application portal.  See below for details.  


How to Apply with the ECRAC Grant Application Portal


East Central Regional Arts Council has moved to an online granting system!  All applications going forward must be submitted through the ECRAC Grant Portal. Please refer to the tips below to help you navigate the new system.

Links for each grant program application will only become available about 4 weeks prior to each grant deadline. 


Getting Started:  On your first visit to the ECRAC Grant Portal, you will need to create a new account with a username and password. Please note that if you are applying as an organization, your organization can only have one username and password for the online system. Please be sure to keep this information as you will need it again to access the Portal for grant requirements and for all future requests.


Returning to an Application:  Your application does not need to be completed in one session and can be returned to and edited until you formally submit the application. Please be sure to save your application often while working on it and before you exit the system. To return to your application, you can access the ECRAC Grant Portal through the Manage My Grant page. There you may logon using the email address and password you created the first time you entered.


Uploading Information:  There are fields in the application that will require you to upload information (documents, media, etc.). Please note that your information may not be completely uploaded until you click “Save”. Be sure to save your application often so as not to lose any progress or information.


Submitting an Application:  Once you have completed and reviewed your application, you may submit the application for funding consideration. Once an application has been submitted you will be able to view the application, but not edit or make any changes to it.


                          ECRAC Grant Portal Link


For more assistance in navigating the ECRAC Grant Portal, please refer to the following tutorial:   ECRAC Grant Portal Tutorial – video link 


If you need further assistance navigating the ECRAC Grant Portal or have any other questions, please feel free to contact ECRAC by email at or by calling (320)396-2337.


Grants of up to $3,000 are available


November 1, February 1, and April 1