Recent Management Consulting Fund Grant Awards

FY 2019 Management Consulting Fund

In MRAC’s Fiscal Year 2019 29 Management Consulting Fund grants in the amount of $49,425 were awarded. 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.

Anoka County

Rumriver Art Center
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to help evaluate, research, and plan the rebuilding of the organization’s website.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park
$1,400.00
Funding to hire a consultant to build the foundation to support the organization’s advancement toward becoming a more equitable and inclusive organization.

Minneapolis

DanceCo
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a marketing consultant to help the organization learn new social media and digital marketing strategies.

DJ-U
$1,750.00
Create a strategic plan to strengthen the organization with the help of consultant Lisa Marie Brimmer.

Grace Minnesota
$1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Betsy Altheimer to work on the Organizational Advisers Project, bringing on new organizational expertise to ensure future growth and stability.

Heart of Dance
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant team to oversee StrengthsFinder testing and leadership/staffing management.

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to train staff on Salesforce “Lightning Experience” to build the organization’s donor base.

Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association
$1,650.00
Funding to hire a professional consultant to work with the board to draft a new Strategic Plan.

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to train the organization on financial management and how to use Quickbooks.

Puppeteers of America
$1,125.00
Funding to hire a consultant to facilitate an organization wide conversation around diversity and inclusion within the organization.

Rain Taxi Inc.
$1,750.00
Funding to review elements of the current donor development cycle, guided and coached by consultant Steve Boland of Next for Nonprofits, in order to identify more effective strategies for inviting audience members to become financial contributors.

Red Eye Collaboration
$1,750.00
Funding to work with a consultant from Propel Nonprofits to assess the organization’s current budget and cash flow documents, as well as receive training in financial best practices and communication.

Sparkle Theatricals
$1,750.00
Funding to hire Creation In Common to assist the organization in developing a work plan for the next 18-24 months that will integrate specific strategic capacity building priorities.

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to facilitate a strategic work plan with their board and staff.

The Moving Company
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to develop policies and procedures around financial management.

Viva La Pepa
$1,750.00
Funding to work with independent dance consultant Michèle Steinwald to articulate the organization’s artistic and social justice mission in order to map out mission-explaining marketing materials.

Wavelets Creative
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to locate, organize, and identify various video and archival media files and establish organizational protocols for shooting, storing, labeling, backing up, and importing archival video files for editing.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota
$1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Julie Bates MacGillis to facilitate exploratory phase of equity and inclusion initiative.

Young Dance, Inc.
$1,750.00
Funding to work with commercial realtor Hayden Hulsey to guide the organization in lease negotiations and advise in creating a sustainable plan for leasing and maintaining space.

zAmya Theater Project
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to develop a strategic plan for zAmya Theater Project.

Saint Paul

COLLIDE Theatrical
$1,500.00
Collide is seeking funding to work with cultural equity consultant, H. Adam Harris,

ComMUSICation
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to increase board development and establish governance processes.

Exposed Brick Theatre
$1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Donald Thomas to implement three steps of the Community First Communication Plan created in the spring of 2018.

Flux Casting Access
$1,750.00
Funding to hire consultant Walter Cox to help the organization detail assets, create cash flow analysis and statements, and develop projected income requirements for the new non-profit.

Ladyslipper Ensemble
$1,750.00
Funding to work with publicist Amy Danielson on developing a strategy for a communications, public relations, and marketing plan to help increase audience engagement and target new listeners.

Suburban Hennepin County

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to create a strategic plan with the organization.

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody
$1,750.00
Funding to work with accounting consultant Floyd Wellons as he provides guidance on the creation of fiscal policies and procedures for Brownbody, and reviews and makes recommendations on Brownbody’s general ledger entries and financial reports.

Washington County

StoryArk
$1,750.00
Funding to hire an attorney to work with StoryArk’s staff and Board to to finalize policy pieces and understand and implement accordingly.

StoryArk
$1,750.00
Funding to hire a consultant to analyze the website and recommend how to build a strong infrastructure that improves the speed, functionality, and content organization of storyark.org.

 

FY 2018 Management Consulting Fund

In MRAC’s Fiscal Year 2018 35 Management Consulting Fund grants in the amount of $60,980 were awarded. 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 fiscal year, not divided by month of the award.

Anoka County

Northern Starz Theatre                 $1,750.00
www.northernstarz.org
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.

Twin Cities Catalyst Music, Inc    $1,750.00 
Funding to hire AMAZE professional diversity consultants to create a comprehensive diversity brand outlining TCCM’s commitment to diversity.

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.

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project     $1,750.00 
Funding to hire a consultant to review all financial procedures and develop a unified set of financial policies and procedures, including financial reporting, with IARP staff and board members to implement in upcoming fiscal years.

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.

Soo Visual Arts Center     $1,750.00
Funding to hire Creation In Common to work with board and staff to teach them their RAISE TOGETHER fundraising methodology, which includes a reassessment of the board and six months of ongoing coaching and support.

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.

Contempo Physical Dance       $1,750.00 
Funding to work with QuickBooks expert John Thew to create a cloud-based QuickBooks accounting system, replacing an Excel spreadsheet bookkeeping system, and to train staff on this new system.

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.