Recent Management Consulting Fund Grant Awards

FY 2018 Management Consulting Fund

Through April of FY 2018 MRAC Awarded 31 Management Consulting Fund grants in the amount of $53,980. These grants of up to $1750 allow arts groups the opportunity to work with a consultant to strengthen an arts management challenge to the organization. The grants have a monthly deadline and are awarded each month; this list represents all the groups receiving funding in the first ten months of the fiscal year, not divided by month of the award.

Anoka County

Northern Starz Theatre                 $1,750.00
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Funding to hire a consultant to develop a short term fundraising strategy that can be the first step in building a longer term organizational development strategy that will help with growth and sustainability of the theatre.

Carver County

Arts Consortium of Carver County                      $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to assist in the creation of an action plan to successfully launch and maintain a new space.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park                   $1,700.00
Funding to hire an art conservator to develop a maintenance plan and train Caponi Art Park staff to clean and maintain the artwork on display at the park.

Minneapolis

Art Shanty Projects            $1,750.00
Funding to hire Table Fort Consulting to help implement a fundraising strategy as part of a comprehensive development plan to support strategic growth initiatives.

Frank Theatre                      $1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Amy Danielson to provide expertise and knowledge of current marketing and communication practices to engage with and build new audiences while developing an overall organizational marketing plan.

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra                   $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to work on strategy and planning for the organization’s future.

Minnesota Guitar Society              $1,750.00
Funding to work with a consultant to create a strategic plan for the future.

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop              $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to do board coaching for ED/AD and key stakeholder and create documents for board recruitment.

Motionpoems, Inc.              $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to lead an income analysis for Motionpoems to identify current and future Board/staffing and programming abilities, and how best to support those with sustainable funding.

MPLS (imPulse)                   $1,750.00
Funding to work with a consultant to develop a communications and marketing plan to help raise awareness and cultivate new audiences for MPLS (imPulse).

Roho Collective                    $1,750.00
Funding to work with consultant Julie Sand to address the fundamental organizational challenge of developing a solid Board of Directors.

The Arts’ Nest                      $1,750.00
Funding to hire arts Next in Nonprofits consultants to lead a segmented communications and key messaging plan.

Saint Paul

Creative Enterprise Zone              $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to develop the organization’s fundraising expertise and capacity

Exposed Brick Theatre                  $1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Donald Thomas to create a communications plan for the organization.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra                $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to review all business management systems that impact financial management and develop a unified set of financial policies and procedures.

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health              $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to assess the technical needs for Fidgety Fairy Tales’ new performance space.

Minnesota Music Coalition                       $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to help the MMC create a new strategic plan and facilitate a full day Board and Staff retreat to identify organizational goals that meet artist needs and create a long-term path to sustainability.

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop                $1,750.00
Funding to hire an experienced development consultant to create a grant calendar focused on private foundations and train staff to research grant funding.

Minnesota Theater Alliance                     $1,750.00
Funding to enlist a consultant who will work with the strategic planning committee to complete the final steps of the strategic planning process.

Mizna             $1,750.00
Funding to hire Propel Nonprofit expert Allison Wagstrom to lead trainings around board duties and responsibilities, as well as guidance in understanding the organization’s financials.

Zeitgeist                    $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consult to engage in pre-planning prior to the creation of a strategic plan for DECADE FIVE, an ambitious commissioning project.

Suburban Hennepin County

Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs               $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to help create a clear long-term vision and define board members roles and responsibilities.

Chain Reaction Theatre Project               $1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Steve Boland of Next in Nonprofits to guide, train and help the organization build a funds development infrastructure.

Continental Ballet Company                     $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to assist in finalizing the strategic plan as well as create an implementation plan to move forward.

Prime Productions             $1,750.00
Funding to hire Lori Jacobwith from Ignited Fundraising to train staff in effective fundraising strategies for immediate funding needs and long term planning.

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra                 $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to guide the Board of Directors and orchestra musicians in a process of developing and agreeing upon broad goals for the organization.

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody              $1,750.00
Funding to work with a grant writing consultant who will guide the organization in meeting the fund development goals/projections included in a recently completed business plan.

Washington County

ArtReach St. Croix               $1,530.00
Funding to hire a consultant to update, upgrade, and coach staff on bookkeeping system.

Children’s Performing Arts                      $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to develop a plan for individual donor cultivation.  This will include the process for raising and retaining funding from individual donors.

Children’s Performing Arts                      $1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to develop and formalize communication standards and expectations.

StoryArk                   $1,750.00
Funding to work with consultant Amy Danielson to develop a marketing and communications plan to help raise awareness of StoryArk’s programming and expand the audience for student produced literary magazine, webisode, podcasts, and short films.

 

 


FY 2017 Management Consulting Fund

In FY 2017 MRAC Awarded 38 Management Consulting Fund grants in the amount of $56,950. These grants of up to $1500 allow arts groups the opportunity to work with a consultant to strengthen an arts management challenge to the organization. The grants have a monthly deadline and are awarded each month; this list represents all the groups receiving funding in the FY 2017 fiscal year not divided by month of the award.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park $1,500.00
Funding to hire Jack Becker of Forecast Public Art to help the board identify the strategic challenges facing the organization and its 3-5 yr. goals, and to make recommendations for an in-depth strategic planning process to help it achieve those goals.

Eagan Art Festival $1,500.00
Funding to engage a consultant to strengthen the board by looking at board governance, volunteerism, and board roles in the organization for future success.

Rosemount Area Arts Council $1,500.00
Funding to work with consultant Lisa Peterson to properly set up a QuickBooks accounting system.

Minneapolis

20% Theatre Company $1,500.00
Funding to hire consultant Autumn Brown to facilitate four sessions at extended FY17 board meetings to help the board continue navigating strategic planning/strategic intention work that came out of the June 2016 retreat.

Alternative Motion Project $1,500.00
Funding to hire Creation In Common (CIC) to help lay the groundwork for a 2-year fundraising plan.

Art Shanty Projects $1,500.00
Funding to hire Next in Nonprofits to help build the organization’s individual donor database as part of a comprehensive development plan to support strategic growth initiatives.

Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts $1,500.00
Funding to hire consultant Sheila Terryll to help the organization identify staffing needs and design an executive director position.

Metropolitan Boys Choir $1,500.00
Funding to work with consultant, James McDonough, to develop and implement a strategy to address the specific organizational challenge of identifying and securing increased tuition assistance for boys in need of financial help.

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop $1,500.00
Funding to work with a consultant to help define needs, vision, values and goals.

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association $1,500.00
Funding to conduct a technology assessment of NEMAA’s tech platforms, including website, server, a CRM platform, software, and cloud-based applications.

Patrick’s Cabaret $1,500.00
Funding to hire consultant Kirstin Wiegmann to help the Board of Directors, Board Committees, and staff develop information-sharing, accountability, and coaching processes to put all of the pieces of the strategic planning into play.

Six Families $1,500.00
Funding to redesign the accounting system in an effort to be more transparent, accountable, and professional. This redesign will take the form of a series of meetings with consultant Bethany Gladhill to discuss long- and short-term financial plans, implement an accounting software, and train all of the Six Families board members in using the new system.

Small Art $1,500.00
Funding to work with consultant Betsy Altheimer on part one of a two-part strategic growth planning process.

Southern Theater $1,500.00
Funding to work with consultants to determine the specific scope and costs for building renovations that will result in full ADA compliance. These findings will be used to set the goals and map the work of The Southern Theater’s upcoming capital campaign and building upgrades.

Sparkle Theatricals $1,500.00
Funding to work with web design/marketing consultant Amy Jacobus and develop a strategic project guide for the future website design/build.

Take-Up Productions $1,500.00
Funding to hire consultant Scott Artley to conduct a comprehensive ADA audit of the Trylon Microcinema. The audit will directly impact renovations to the cinema, which will occur in Summer 2017.

The DIAL Group $1,500.00
Funding to work with consultant Kadra Abdi to help facilitate a group strategic planning process in order to acquire nonprofit status.

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library $1,500.00
Funding to hire the consulting group Next in Nonprofits to conduct comparative data analysis on some key metrics for its donors, lenders, and borrowers in order to better understand the profile of current MALL audiences.

Vega Productions $1,500.00
Funding to help cover the costs of a story writing session that will help the organization to realign with the needs of our stakeholders and sets the stage for organization-level strategic planning work scheduled for the second half of 2017.

Saint Paul

Grace Minnesota $1,500.00
Funding to seek professional advice around intellectual property issues to gain a better understanding of options for rightful ownership and stewardship of two non-traditional, ongoing works of behavioral art.

JazzMN, Inc. $1,500.00
Funding to engage the services of a strategic consultant who will guide the board through a visioning and direction-setting process. This information will be used by the JazzMN strategic planning committee and the full board to best determine a future sustainable path forJazzMN.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra $1,500.00
Funding for training on intelligently expanding board membership and building capacity to govern effectively.

Minnesota Haitian Cultural Center $1,500.00
Funding to work with Sandy Moore to support two priorities: grant seeking efforts and a three-year sustainability plan to provide an ongoing foundation for planning and decision making.

Mizna $1,500.00
Funding to undertake a day-long retreat, facilitated by Sharon Rodning Bash to focus on board and staff development and to develop a new Strategic Plan.

Wonderlust Productions $1,500.00
Funding to work with an outside facilitator to design and document management processes to reflect company values in the future for all projects; human resources templates and dialogue processes will be developed.

Suburban Hennepin County

Chain Reaction Theatre Project $1,500.00
Funding to hire consultant Amy Danielson to guide, train and help the organization in learning how to plan, develop and implement marketing/PR plans.

Diversity Street Dancers $1,500.00
Funding to work with Access Philanthropy to develop the organization’s fundraising expertise and capacity.

Eclectic Edge Ensemble $1,500.00
Funding to hire Creation In Common to facilitate a staff and board retreat to create a work plan to increase organizational capacity.

Sod House Theater $1,500.00
Funding to support Robin Gillette to work with Sod House artistic directors to design a balanced revenue model.

St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts $1,450.00
Funding for a financial training project for record-keeping and reporting, and fiscal agency agreements through MAP for Nonprofits.

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra $1,500.00
Funding to work with a consultant to plan and implement a one day retreat to evaluate and define roles for board, staff, and organizational success.

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody $1,500.00
Funding to work with Jodie Tanaka of Tempo Creative Consultants on the development of a communications plan for its upcoming spring 2017 programming.

Contempo Physical Dance $1,500.00
Funding to work with Amy Danielson to design a results-oriented, replicable, social-media intensive communications plan that Contempo can continue to implement when the consultancy is completed.

Lakeshore Players $1,500.00
Funding to work with a consultant to create sustainable accounting systems to strengthen the operations and allow artistic quality to remain strong and viable.

The Show Art Gallery $1,500.00
Funding to work with consultant Jammi Hansen Blair on the development of a pre-planning project for a larger Organizational Development request focused on a 4-year fundraising plan.

Twin Cities Horn Club $1,500.00
Funding to conduct a strategic planning process with a facilitator to plot out the next steps for TCHC following our amazing first three years as a community musical organization!

Washington County

Children’s Performing Arts $1,500.00
Funding to hire a consultant to help develop an annual budgeting process and provide the organization with tools to continue this work in the future.

StoryArk $1,500.00
Funding to hire a consultant to navigate FCC regulations regarding soliciting underwriting and sponsorships and to weigh options for going forward as a 501(c)(3) organization or a fiscally sponsored organization.