Organizational Development and Capital Grant Awards Announced

On November 28, 2017 the MRAC board awarded $437,767 to 48 organizations in the Capital and Organizational Development grant programs. All applications were reviewed over five days of panel convenings with members of the arts community assessing the proposals.

The Capital and Organizational Development grant projects will provide arts organizations in the Twin Cities Metro area with resources and expertise to continue with strong arts engagement with the communities. These programs are intended to make structural investments in groups who are achieving both high artistic engagement with their communities and those with potential for organizational growth and advancement.

These grant programs are made possible by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. Geographic listings represent the county where the arts organization is located; note that Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from the Suburban Hennepin and Suburban Ramsey counties.

FY18 CAPITAL Grant Awards

Anoka County

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts $6,446.00
Funding to purchase an interactive wall panel to professionalize artist presentations and class experience through better demo viability, and increase the rental potential of the classroom.

Dakota County

Eagan Art Festival $5,331.00
Funding for a laptop computer, desk monitor, iPads, a printer, hotspots and software to increase the efficiency of the organization and to create an improved artist and customer experience.

Rosemount Area Arts Council $10,000.00
Funding to purchase signage to enhance marketing efforts, including two pull-up signs with carrrying cases, four feather-flag signs to be used outside to announce events, and 232 banners flags to be installed on city lamp posts announcing major events.


Art Shanty Projects $10,000.00
Funding for laptop computers, mobile devices, a printer, communication tools, consultant, and associated software, protective gear, and supplies to increase organizational capacity and individual giving.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance $10,000.00
Funding to replace the current roof of the dance school.

Nimbus Theatre $10,000.00
Funding to purchase a new personnel lift for their venue, The Crane Theater.

Rosy Simas Danse $8,497.00
Funding to purchase three video projectors, a computer, audio and video software, data storage, and a HD TV monitor to create and integrate film work in their dances for their upcoming tour.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum $1,330.00
Funding to purchase two new laptop computers and the PastPerfect museum software Network Upgrade to increase capacity and effectiveness in managing collections.

Saint Paul

113 $10,000.00
Funding to purchase a microphones and associated equipment, video cameras including lenses and associated equipment, editing software, office equipment and miscellaneous items.

Dangerous Productions $2,736.00
Funding for a new laptop computer to replace the personal computer now being used by the organization in an effort to support organizational mission.

Hmong Cultural Center $5,000.00
Funding to purchase iPads/stands to be used in a permanent exhibit on the Hmong Folk Arts tradition.

In Progress $10,000.00
Funding to purchase professional quality photography, video, and post-production tools for media artists living in Saint Paul.

Keane Sense of Rhythm $5,594.00
Funding to purchase two new replacement computers and two iPads for use in the classroom to assist teaching staff.

Pan Asian Arts Alliance $10,000.00
Funding to purchase dance costumes to empower low income and at-risk youth through dance.

Suburban Hennepin County

Blossoms of the Orient Dance Theater $10,000.00
Funding to purchase 60 sets of Hmong costumes to be used in outreach performances.

Continental Ballet Company $9,288.00
Funding to purchase industrial strength costume racks, covers, and tutu bags to increase organizational and artistic capacity.

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra $10,000.00
Funding for seven large percussion instruments and the associated stands, mallets, and covers for storage.

Washington County

Square Lake Film & Music Festival $10,000.00
Funding to acquire a high power HD projector to showcase animation and film projects at the annual festival and other independent film/animation events produced throughout the year.


Dakota County

Caponi Art Park $10,000.00
Funding to work with a consultant to build organizational capacity, develop a sustainable business model and hire a new part-time staff person to help implement this work.


20% Theatre Company $10,000.00
Funding to hire a part-time Arts Administrator to support the Executive Artistic Director with day-to-day administrative tasks.

Alive & Kickin $10,000.00
Funding to hire a part-time Communications & Fundraising Coordinator to expand the marketing program, to improve communications, and to increase fundraising efforts.

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center $10,000.00
Funding to support increased hours for the managing director and to hire a volunteer coordinator.

Classical Actors Ensemble $7,920.00
Funding to work with a marketing and communications consultant to create a strategic marketing and communications plan and provide the tools and training to implement and oversee the plan.

Giving Voice Initiative $10,000.00
Funding for board development, fundraising training, and additional administrative support to implement its first comprehensive fundraising/development plan.

Grace Minnesota $10,000.00
Funding to develop and implement a plan for sustainable earned income generation for the program Don’t You Feel It Too?

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project $10,000.00
Funding for a communications project, including a new website and style guide for communications materials.

Jawaahir Dance Company $8,800.00
Funding to work with a web design team to create a new site for the company.

Kairos Alive! $10,000.00
Funding to hire marketing consultants to launch a marketing campaign and develop an online digital marketing strategy to expand online training offerings.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association $10,000.00
Funding to contract with a consulting firm to assess current fundraising, create a holistic development plan, and work with board and staff to implement the plan.

Patrick’s Cabaret $10,000.00
Funding to launch a new program called Ambassadors and create a Comprehensive Communications Plan to improve the timing and efficiency of the organization’s communications.

She Rock She Rock $10,000.00
Funding to hire a part-time Development Director to develop diverse funding streams for the organization as well as develop relationships with partner organizations, sponsors and corporate donors.

Soo Visual Arts Center $10,000.00
Funding to hire a part-time development coordinator to assist in broadening and diversifying our base of support.

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library $10,000.00
Funding to establish and formalize organizational systems for engaging donors, including implementing a database and creating tools for communications and fundraising.

Theatre Unbound $10,000.00
Funding to work with communications firm Ainsley Shea to develop materials and communications templates to increase major gifts from individuals.

Twin Cities Media Alliance $10,000.00 /
Funding to revamp the organization’s visual identity by building a brand and implementing a new website and associated materials.

VSA Minnesota $10,000.00
Funding to allow its staff and board of directors to work with an outside consultant to assist the organization in developing a strategic and succession plan for the organization.

Young Dance, Inc. $10,000.00
Funding to document classes, outreach programming and performances of Young Dance, and to update our website and printed materials to showcase the breadth of the services we provide.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre $8,250.00
Funding to hire design consultant to lead re-branding campaign and a web designer to create a new logo, website, and marketing materials.

Saint Paul

Center for Irish Music $10,000.00
Funding to launch a new registration and data collection system to support growth and student retention.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra $8,575.00
Funding to hire an operations manager to lead all key elements of Lyra’s concert production.

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop $10,000.00
Funding to engage a development consultant to help design and implement a comprehensive individual donor development process focused on major gifts.

Minnesota Theater Alliance $10,000.00
Funding to improve membership and data management for member theaters and strengthen web resources through a new website.

The Baroque Room $10,000.00
Funding to create a Production Manager position for two years starting in January, 2018.

Wonderlust Productions $10,000.00
Funding to work with consultant Julie Sands to develop an education and institutional-capacity building program that furthers the mission and contributes to earned revenue goals.

Young Artists Initiative $10,000.00
Funding to hire a consultant to assist the organization with leadership transition and with developing business processes.

Zeitgeist $10,000.00
Funding to create an online media library and accompanying marketing plan to connect listeners from around the world with its recorded work.

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody $10,000.00
Funding to work with consultant Michèle Steinwald and an administrative assistant in the implementation of its business plan.

Washington County

StoryArk $10,000.00
Funding to hire a consultant to work with staff to write and implement an overall development plan that would increase organizational capacity and sustainability.

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