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Serving on the East Central Regional Arts Council board of directors gives an individual the opportunity to learn about arts activities in the region; to increase their knowledge of grant writing and the grant review process; to network with other artists and arts organization members; to connect with area professionals; and to have input into matters that affect arts funding and quality of life in the east central Minnesota region.


The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is currently accepting applications from individuals wishing to serve on the board. ECRAC is the primary funding source for artists and arts organizations in east central Minnesota, awarding over $300,000 in grants each year

ECRAC offers grants and technical assistance to individual artists and non-profit arts organizations who reside in the five counties which make up the East Central Minnesota Region: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine.  The ECRAC is an independent 501c3 organization. . ECRAC administers five grant programs for regional non-profit arts organizations and three grant programs for regional artists.

ECRAC is looking for board members with knowledge of various art forms and perspectives. ECRAC uses a very rigorous, citizen-driven process to review grant applications.  Board members read proposals, discuss them in a public meeting, and assign scores for each proposal.  The scores determine which proposals will be funded..The amount of time and tasks as an ECRAC board member vary monthly.  Board members must have experience or expertise in a particular area of the arts, arts funding, or nonprofit or public administration.

ECRAC meets the third Tuesday evening of each month at its office in Braham. Council members serve as grant review panelists to award project-based funding to regional non-profit arts organizations and also to artists. Members also assess the art needs in the region and develop programs that stimulate the regional arts community. Council members serve as volunteers, but are paid a mileage reimbursement and per diem for attending meetings.

ECRAC’s programs are made possible with funds provided by The McKnight Foundation and also by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the general fund and the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The deadline for submitting an application is April 30, 2015. Interested individuals may contact the ECRAC office at or call 320.396.2337 to receive a nomination form or just click here for the form. To learn more about the Regional Arts Council check out the website at