New Art Fund Grants

Thursday, January 21st, 2010 at 6:16 am

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East Central Arts Council (ECAC) members from around the area (photo below) are pleased to announce a new grant program that will support arts and arts access, arts learning, and arts and cultural heritage across the region, and will give residents more opportunities to experience the arts.  The programs are underwritten by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature from Minnesota’s new Arts and Cultural Heritage (ACH) Fund.  Artists, arts organizations, units of government, and organizations with an arts project in the region are eligible to apply.

ECAC is a program of the East Central Regional Development Commission (ECRDC.) ECAC is an organization dedicated, for the last 30 years, to improving the quantity and quality of arts in the region and is comprised of a citizen advisory committee. The mission of ECAC is accomplished primarily through arts related grant-making and technical assistance for organizations and individuals in Region 7E (Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine Counties in Minnesota.)

The first two ECAC ACH grant deadlines will be February 1 and April 1 for projects starting about 4 months later.  Organizations are eligible to apply for up to $15,000 and individual artists can apply for up to $2,500.  Applications are being accepted in the following categories: Arts and Arts Access, Arts Education for all ages, and Arts and Cultural Heritage.  Please take a moment to review the grant guidelines, instructions and applications, available on the ECAC website at www.ecrdc.org/ECAC_apps_2010.htm , to determine if your project is eligible or you can contact ECAC staff.  There will be 5 grant deadlines per year for this program.

Many information sessions regarding the new ECAC ACH Fund are being held around the region.  To find out if one is being held in your area contact ECAC by telephone (320) 679-4065 extension 30; or by e-mail at .

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