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’s primary address (as it appears in your application), or your primary residential address if you are awarded as an individual with State dollars.
MRAC monies are allocated by the Minnesota State Legislature through an appropriation and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, so we need your help to let elected officials know that these dollars are important to you and your community, ensuring funding will continue to be available in the future. A letter or email should be sent to your Minnesota State Senator and Minnesota State Representative (Congress person); it is not necessary to send correspondence to your US representatives. 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. We advise you to send this correspondence before any events so you can invite them to the activities that are made possible with these funds!
Feel free to use our sample email or sample letter as a starting point for your own correspondence. 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 Grant Acknowledgement Letter to Legislators