Organizational Development

The Organizational Development program provides grants of up to $10,000 for projects designed to strengthen the management or administration of nonprofit arts groups. The projects must advance the mission of your group AND have the potential for significant or long-term impact. Groups applying for Organizational Development support must be arts nonprofits or fiscally-sponsored groups with at least 2 years of programming history. All applicants must be registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State as a nonprofit, even if fiscally sponsored.

Please read the guidelines before you apply. The application will be activated six weeks before each deadline. Eligible applicants may choose to apply for Capital or Organizational Development grants for each deadline, but not both.

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Monday, September 11, 2017 – 4:30 pm

Program Director

Bethany Whitehead

Grant Documents

Organizational Development FY18 GUIDELINES
Org Income and Expense Form
OD Budget Income Form FY18
OD Budget Expense Form FY18
Capital Purchase Bid Form

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

Application Workshops

This year’s workshops have already been presented. Please contact the Program Director with any questions on applying for this grant opportunity.

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 your program director with questions.

Organizational Development grants may be used to conduct an assessment or create/implement a plan in areas such as: board governance, resource development, financial planning/management, ADA access, communications/public relations, strategic planning, information systems, volunteer management, audience development/marketing, racial equity work plans, or community needs. This is not a complete list of eligible projects.

    • This program funds nonprofit arts organizations. Groups must be incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Minnesota to be eligible for this program.
    • Applicant groups must be located and have at least a two-year history of programs or services in the 7-county metropolitan region.
    • The applicant group’s annualized operating expenses must be less than $400,000.
    • This program requires a cash match from a source other than MRAC and/or other State funding sources.
    • 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. MRAC Program Directors are available for meetings, application draft review, and questions about any of the pieces of the application.

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 recently funded projects in this program, visit our recent awards page.