Recent Organizational Development Grant Awards

FY 2017 Organizational Development Grant Awards

On November 23, 2016, MRAC awarded $316,955 to 32 organizations in its FY 2017 Organizational Development grant program. The Organizational Development grant program offers grants of up to $10,000 for projects designed to strengthen the management or administration of arts organizations. Awarded projects must advance the organization’s mission, have the potential for long-term impact, and show evidence of thorough planning.

The following list of the FY 2017 Organizational Development grantees is sorted by county of affiliation and includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees’ websites. Groups located in Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.

Minneapolis

Ananya Dance Theatre  $9,400
www.ananyadancetheatre.org
Funding to engage an independent dance curator and producer as consultant to develop strategies and a network of relationships that build visibility, understanding, and advocacy for its work.

ARENA DANCES, Inc.  $10,000
www.arena-dances.org
Funding to hire a part-time managing director to facilitate ARENA’s strategic plan.

Art Shanty Projects  $10,000
http://www.artshantyprojects.org
Funding to hire a part-time Community Outreach Director responsible for building and sustaining relationships in the Twin Cities.

Copper Street Brass Quintet  $10,000
http://www.copperstreetbrass.com/home.html
Funding to recruit and train four board members using their Board Development Plan.

courageous heARTS  $10,000
http://www.courageous-hearts.org/
Funding to undertake a comprehensive strategic planning process that engages stakeholders within the organizational community.

Frank Theatre  $10,000
http://www.franktheatre.org
Funding to hire a consultant who can assist the organization in launching a comprehensive strategic planning initiative that will help envision the organizational structure as it relates to mission.

Full Circle Theater Company  $10,000
http://www.fullcircletheatermn.org/
Funding to engage a Management Consultant and hire a part time General Manager to manage company systems in the areas of marketing/promotion, financial record keeping, and individual donor accounts.

Green T Productions  $10,000
www.greentproductions.org
Funding to support a new part-time 8-month Arts Administrator position to strengthen organizational capacity.

Heart of Dance  $10,000
www.heartofdancemn.org
Funding to work with a consultant to develop a comprehensive individual fundraising plan, create a donor database and materials, and create a marketing and fundraising promotional video.

Hopewell Music Cooperative North  $10,000
www.hopewellmusic.com
Funding to hire a part-time Development and Outreach Coordinator to spearhead fundraising and community outreach initiatives.

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project  $10,000
www.reconciliationproject.org
Funding to work with a consultant to develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy as part of a capacity building initiative.

JLR Foundation  $10,000
jlr-foundation.org
Funding to hire an arts consultant to help build organizational capacity and develop a sustaining fundraising roadmap to support program growth.

Kulture Klub Collaborative  $10,000
http://www.kultureklub.org
Funding to hire a development professional to assist in broadening its base of support.

Metropolitan Boys Choir  $10,000
www.mbchoir.com
Funding to hire a part-time Program Manager to help build its organizational capacity.

Motionpoems, Inc.  $10,000
http://motionpoems.org
Funding to work with development experts to revise, stabilize, and systematize fundraising efforts for the organization.

Rain Taxi Inc.  $10,000
www.raintaxi.com
Funding to “Contact Everyone We Know” through updating and redeveloping the organization’s existing database to encourage past supporters and institutional partners to re-engage with the organization.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum  $10,000
www.somalimuseum.org
Funding to hire a management consultant to evaluate its fundraising program and train staff in order to build fundraising capacity.

The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts  $10,000
http://www.stpaulschurchmpls.org
Funding to expand marketing capability to develop new participants, volunteers and donors.  A part-time staff person will be hired to lead the organization in management needs.

Theatre Unbound  $9,625
www.theatreunbound.com
Funding to work with communications firm Ainsley Shea to build and diversify their audiences.

Wonderlust Productions  $10,000
http://wonderlustproductions.org/
Funding to increase organizational leadership capacity to build organizational infrastructure, cultivate individual donors, and build key partnerships.

Young Dance, Inc.  $10,000
http://www.youngdance.org
Funding to hire a part-time Executive Director position.

Scott County

Savage Arts Council  $9,180
http://savageartscouncil.org/
Funding to hire a marketing consultant to create an overall marketing plan for the immediate future and for long-range planning and associated materials and templates.

St. Paul

Center for Irish Music  $10,000
www.centerforirishmusic.org
Funding to create a part-time salaried Managing Director position which will allow new curriculum, performance partnerships, and other outreach efforts across the Twin Cities.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra  $10,000
www.lyrabaroque.org
Funding to hire a communications manager to execute the first phase of a new communications plan.

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop  $10,000
www.mnprisonwriting.org
Funding to hire an experienced development consultant to develop and help launch an individual donor campaign.

Musical Offering  $10,000
http://musicaloffering.org/
Funding to augment the role of Executive Director to meet the needs of their expanded season and broadening audiences.

Nautilus Music-Theater  $10,000
www.nautilusmusictheater.org
Funding for a research and evaluation project involving over 2,000 artists with whom they have worked.

Young Artists Initiative  $10,000
http://youngartistsmn.org/
Funding to hire a consultant to work with the board to develop existing and new resources to support programs and operations.

Suburban Hennepin County

Giving Voice Initiative  $10,000
www.givingvoicechorus.org
Funding to hire a part-time Operations Coordinator to manage administrative and finance activities and carry out day-to-day operations in the areas of marketing, communications, and development.

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody  $8,750
http://www.brownbody.org/
Funding to formalize the Executive Director role by transitioning the volunteer Artistic Director to a paid Brownbody employee.

Contempo Physical Dance  $10,000
http://contempophysicaldance.org/
Funding to work with a fundraising specialist to develop a multi-year sustainability plan.

Great Northern Union Chorus  $10,000
http://www.gnusings.com/
Funding to hire SMCpros to help develop a robust social media strategy with the specific goal of developing their young audiences.

FY 2016 Organizational Development Grant Awards

On November 24 2015, MRAC awarded $260,985 to 28 organizations in its FY 2016 Organizational Development grant program. The Organizational Development grant program offers grants of up to $10,000 for projects designed to strengthen the management or administration of arts organizations. Awarded projects must advance the organization’s mission, have the potential for long-term impact, and show evidence of thorough planning.

The following list of the FY 2016 Organizational Development grantees is sorted by county of affiliation and includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees’ websites. Groups located in Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.

Anoka County

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts $10,000.00 
http://www.banfill-locke.org
Funding to hire a part time front desk coordinator to oversee  volunteers  and manage a new point of sale system to professionalize the art center.

Dakota County

International Friendship Through the Performing Arts   $10,000.00 
Funding for a website that will enable the organization to better serve and interact with its audience by promoting company projects, archiving past projects, and allowing ticket purchase online.

Minneapolis 

ArtiCulture $10,000.00 
www.articulture.org
Funding to hire a consultant to serve as a part-time development coordinator for grants management, fundraising, and individual donor relations, as well as develop new fundraising sources.

Copper Street Brass Quintet $10,000.00 
http://www.copperstreetbrass.com/home.html

Funding to create Copper Street Publishing, an in-house solution to distributing  music to musicians worldwide both digitally and in print.

Frank Theatre $10,000.00 
http://www.franktheatre.org
Funding to work with an experienced consultant to develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy as part of a capacity-building initiative.

HUGE Theater $10,000.00 
http://www.hugetheater.com
Funding to increase the hours and pay rate of the program coordinator position in order to make significant progress on revenue-generating goals.

Kairos Alive! $10,000.00 
http://www.kairosdance.org
Funding to engage two experienced consultants to develop, launch, and coach staff and board in an individual donor fundraising campaign.

Nimbus Theatre $10,000.00 
http://www.nimbustheatre.com<
Funding to create a part-time Managing Director position for the organization.

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association $10,000.00 
www.nemaa.org
Funding to develop a mobile App in order to facilitate the navigation of Art-A-Whirl, expand information sharing and promote NEMAA members during Art-A-Whirl and throughout the year.

Open Eye Figure Theatre $10,000.00 
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding to develop a custom FileMaker database for tracking ticketing, donations, relationship management, volunteers and the annual summer Driveway Tours.

Red Eye Collaboration $10,000.00 
www.redeyetheater.org
Funding to implement the pilot phase of a 3-year succession process, which will establish a leadership cohort who will convene two 6-month long leadership residencies.

Take-Up Productions $10,000.00 
trylon.org
Funding for an overhaul of the website in order to better communicate with audiences about locations, logistics, and film content.

Theatre Novi Most $10,000.00 
http://theatrenovimost.org
Funding to support a part time 7 month position of Grant and Project Coordinator in order to strengthen capacity.

Time Track Productions $7,500.00 
http://www.timetrackproductions.org
Funding to work with development consultant Laura Littleford, who will mentor organizational leadership to better leverage fundraising efforts.

Young Dance, Inc. $7,720.00 
http://www.youngdance.org
Funding to create the first Director of Outreach position to oversee outreach activities relative to programming and organizational infrastructure.

20% Theatre Company $10,000.00 
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding to hire McGinley Motion to create a fundraising campaign video for the 10th Anniversary Season celebration. They will also create several short videos of work-samples for fundraising and grant proposal submission.

St. Paul 

ArtStart $10,000.00 
www.artstart.org
Funding to work with consultant Amy Danielson to develop and implement a marketing and communications plan.

Bach Society of Minnesota $10,000.00 
www.bachsocietymn.org
Funding to work with consulting firm Parenteau Graves to create a plan that articulates a cohesive, effective communications and marketing plan that can be implemented and sustained by a small staff.

East Side Arts Council $10,000.00 
ww.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding to work with development consultant Deborah deNoyelles to identify and secure new funding sources for long-term sustainability.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra $7,920.00 
www.lyrabaroque.org
Funding to work with Parenteau Graves to develop a strategic plan that would inform a communications plan and one year action plan.

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health $10,000.00
www.macmh.org/fidgety-fairy-tales
Funding to work with consultant Marya Hart to develop a toolbox of resources for organizations that book a Fidgety Fair Tales performance.

Young Artists Initiative $10,000.00 
http://youngartistsmn.org/
Funding to create and implement a customized communications plan for 2016.

Suburban Hennepin County

Contempo Physical Dance $10,000.00 
http://contempophysicaldance.org/
Funding to hire a new part-time communications, marketing and social media associate to develop and implement strategies that promote community engagement.

Mentoring Peace Through Art $9,845.00 
http://www.mentoringpeace.org/Mentoring_Peace_Through_Art/Welcome.html
Funding to design and develop a new, dynamic website for the organization.

Public Theater of Minnesota $10,000.00 
www.theptmn.org
Funding to work with a fundraising consultant  to develop and implement an individual donor and corporate sponsorship program.

St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts $10,000.00 
slpfota.org
Funding to create a Marketing and Membership Manager to help reach organizational goals.

Threads Dance Project $4,250.00 
http://www.threadsdance.org/
Funding to re-build the website so that staff can make edits and changes, and to re-consider options for accepting online donations.

Washington County

Vallee de Croix $3,750.00 
www.valleedecroix.org
Funding to hire a designer to rebuild the website incorporating an online payment system, member log-ins, e-newsletter registration, sponsorship page and a mobile-friendly design.