Traditionally, funders require written acknowledgement of a grant award, but MRAC does not want nor require thank you notes to be sent to us.
If you receive a MRAC Next Step Fund award, these are made possible by the McKnight Foundation and they have requested no thank you be sent from artists receiving these grant awards.
If you receive any other funding from MRAC, a requirement of the grant award is sending a thank you letter to the elected officials who represent the address of your organization or group. MRAC monies are allocated by the Minnesota State Legislature through an appropriation and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, so we need you to let elected officials know that these dollars are important to you and your community. A letter or email should be sent to your Minnesota State Senator and Minnesota State Representative; it is not necessary to send correspondence to your US representatives.
If you have a defined location, then determining your organization’s address is clear. If your group does not have a permanent address, use the address used on your grant application as the main mailing address for the group or organization. Unsure of who represents you in the state legislature? The MN District Finder will tell you who your representatives are by typing in your address.
You can mail a letter or send an email, but the important thing is to let these two elected officials know how these funds are making a difference in their districts. It is advised to send this correspondence before your events so you can invite them to the activities that are made possible with these funds!
Feel free to use our sample letter and sample email as a starting point for your own letter. Adding your own style and details will make the correspondence more personal and effective, but these are good starting points.
Sample Email to Legislators
Sample Letter to Legislators