Management Training Fund

The Management Training Fund program provides grants of up to $600 for the staff and volunteers of nonprofit arts groups to attend management-related workshops, seminars or conferences in the state of Minnesota. This is a reimbursement program. Groups are reimbursed after the training is completed and after receipt of the completed evaluation form. Please read the guidelines before you apply.

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There is no limit to the number of times a group may use the fund, but $600 is the maximum amount one group can use per MRAC fiscal year. Applications are reviewed weekly and will be accepted as long as funds remain available.


Two weeks prior to training session

Program director

Bethany Whitehead

Program requirements & eligibility

The requirements listed below are intended to give a sense of the program and are NOT comprehensive. Please read the complete guidelines before beginning your application and contact the program director with questions.

  • This program funds 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organizations or informal and/or unincorporated arts groups applying with a fiscal sponsor.
  • Applicant group’s annualized operating/arts programming expenses must be less than $400,000.
  • Funds must be requested and approved before the applicant attends the class or workshop. (MRAC recommends applying at least 2 weeks prior to the event.)
  • Person attending the training must have management or administrative responsibilities within the applicant group.
  • For-profit entities, schools, school support organizations, and community education units are not eligible to apply for this program, and this program does not fund the purchase of land or buildings, debt reduction, cash reserves, endowments, fundraising events, political lobbying or discriminatory activities.

Help with your application

All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with their program director prior to starting an MRAC application. Program Directors will provide feedback on applications prior to the deadline; contact your program director to set up a time to have materials reviewed.

Grant application workshops

Application workshops are held about a month prior to the deadline. Participants learn about the grant program, application process, and how to write an effective MRAC grant application. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered about your project ideas.

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