Management Training Fund

The Management Training Fund program provides grants of up to $600 (maximum $300 per person per training*) 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.

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, informal and/or unincorporated arts groups applying with a fiscal sponsor and non-arts nonprofits with independent sustained arts programming.
  • Applicant group must be located in the 7-county metropolitan region.
  • 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 in 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.

*MRAC is willing to consider funding a single event greater than $300 if the event is unique, a national convening in MN, and/or a multi-session opportunity. These proposals must be discussed with the program director and will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

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 draft feedback prior to the deadline; contact your program director to set up a time for draft review.