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K-12 Student Scholarship


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.  For the online grant info session for scholarships go to: ECRAC 2019 Scholarship Workshop


These K-12 Scholarship application materials have been revised - please read closely!



-This is an online only application.  

-Revised application questions.


The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) determined that our region has many young, talented, and energetic artists deserving acknowledgment!  As a result, the ECRAC, with funding appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature, decided to offer these gifted young artists a Scholarship opportunity to assist their promising futures as artists.  

The East Central Regional Arts Council is pleased to offer Scholarships in amounts not to exceed $500 to any student in high school, middle school, or elementary school intending to enhance their artistic talents. The deadline for application is March 1.  The student must live in one the following counties:  Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs or Pine in Minnesota.  This is not a Scholarship program for college credits nor is it meant to replace regular artistic classes or training for homeschooled children.  This funding cannot be used for travel or projects outside the State of Minnesota.  This funding is targeted to fund special art projects or programs for kids.  All scholarships must be completed by December 31 of the application year.

Primary considerations for reviewing applications will be artistic quality and merit of the proposed project, and the student artist's goals and (age appropriate) artistic background.

Application materials needed are the Scholarship Guidelines (available for download as a pdf at the bottom of this page) and the ECRAC Online Grant Portal (directions below).   At least three Scholarships for kids are available from ECRAC  this year. This is a competitive program.


How to Apply With the ECRAC Grant Portal 

The 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, in the applicant's name, with a username and password. 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 will 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 this 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 emailing or by calling (320)396-2337.







March 1