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 arts groups with at least 2 years of programming history.

Please read the guidelines before you apply. The application will be activated six weeks before the deadline.

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Monday, March 2, 2020 - 11:59 pm

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.

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. 501(c)3 nonprofits must be incorporated and active 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.
  • 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. Program Directors will provide feedback on applications prior to the deadline; contact your program director to set up a time to have materials reviewed.

Grant application workshops

Application workshops are held about a month prior to the deadline. Participants learn about the grant program, application process, and how to write an effective MRAC grant application. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered about your project ideas.

Previously funded projects

MRAC encourages groups to review previously awarded grants to enhance the understanding of the process and improve your application. You 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 the recent grant awards link for the full listing.

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