Management Consulting Fund

The Management Consulting Fund provides grants of up to $1,750 to cover consulting fees related to small projects designed to strengthen the management or administration of the group. Projects must be learning oriented and engage the staff, board of directors, and/or volunteers to ensure that completed work results in organizational learning that the group can carry into the future. Projects must advance the mission of the group AND have the potential for significant impact.

Please read the guidelines before you apply.

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11:59 p.m. Last business day of the month
Projects may start on the first day of the second month after the deadline, i.e. if the deadline is January 31, then the project can start March 1.

Grant Workshops

The Management Consulting Fund grant application workshops are designed to help applicants groups prepare their grant applications. Workshops cover MRAC programs, funding, eligibility, program scope, and the details of applying for a MCF grant at MRAC. Participants will become familiar with the program and online application and will leave with clear expectations of the next steps in applying for MRAC funding.

Upcoming scheduled workshops:

Thursday, July 26, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Friday, August 24, 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, October 1, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Monday, November 19, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Program Director

Bethany Whitehead

Grant Documents

Management Consulting Fund FY19 Guidelines

Organizational Income & Expense

Online application procedures are available here as a pdf: FY18 Grant Interface Instructions

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 for projects to strengthen 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.
    • Applicant group must select the consultant and personnel who will participate in the project before submitting an application.
    • This grant program does not fund project expenses other than consultant fees.
    • 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 the program director prior to starting an MRAC application. Your program director is available for draft reviews and conversations about good program fit.

Grant Library

MRAC maintains a library of submitted grant applications. Reviewing previously submitted grants can enhance your understanding of the process and improve your application. The application library is open during MRAC hours and staff is happy to help you or your may also contact your program director to have up to 3 grants emailed to you as pdfs. To see a list of this and last fiscal year’s funded projects, visit our recent awards page.