Recent Organizational Development Grant Awards

FY 2020 Organizational Development Grant Awards

On May 26, 2020 MRAC awarded $276,808 to 28 organizations/groups in the FY 2020 Organizational Development grant program. The Organizational Development grant projects will provide arts organizations in the Twin Cities Metro area with resources and expertise to continue strong arts engagement with their communities. These programs are intended to make structural investments in groups who are achieving both arts engagement with their communities and those with potential for organizational growth and advancement.

These grant programs are made possible by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. Geographic listings represent the county where the arts organization is located; note that Saint Paul groups are listed separately from the Suburban Ramsey County.

These applications were written and submitted in early March 2020 before COVID-19 was very impactful in our community. MRAC always allows project changes for timelines and activities in funded projects and applicant groups can seek such changes if necessary because of the global health situation or other realities.

Minneapolis

Alive & Kickin $10,000.00
http://aliveandkickinmn.org
Funding to hire a contract grant writer/fundraising consultant and provide staff and board with fund development training.

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center $8,208.00
http://www.cafac.org
Funding to hire a program evaluation consultant to create logic models and develop additional evaluation tools and processes in collaboration with staff and key stakeholders.

Cow Tipping Press $10,000.00
http://www.cowtippingpress.org
Funding to engage a consultant in strategic business planning, codify inward and outward-facing practices, and acquire reliable and appropriate technology.

Emerging Curators Institute $10,000.00
emergingcurators.org
Funding to increase staff time to build relationships with partners, expand grant writing and outreach efforts, and to engage the advisory committee in long-term strategic planning.

Encouraging Leaders $10,000.00
www.encouragingleadersmn.org
Funding to update the organization’s website to include photos, videos, multimedia tools, and updated content.

Giving Voice $10,000.00
www.givingvoicechorus.org
Funding to increase contributed income streams through new fundraising initiatives in planned giving, a tribute program, and multi-year arts funding via federal grants.

Kulture Klub Collaborative $10,000.00
http://www.kultureklub.org
Funding to hire a development consultant to create fundraising and communications tools to increase organizational capacity.

Lightning Rod $10,000.00
Funding for the artistic leadership to plan and build out a detailed protocol for shared leadership and design structure for Lightning Rod values in the rehearsal room and in operations.

Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra $10,000.00
www.mnphil.org
Funding to develop a strategy and supporting infrastructure for individual donor and corporate sponsor development, including updating the current customer relationship management system, creating policies and procedures, and developing and implementing an actionable plan.

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop $10,000.00
www.mnprisonwriting.org
Funding to create a new part-time position, the Mentor Program Coordinator, to facilitate the organization’s one-to-one mail Mentor Program.

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop $10,000.00
www.monkeybear.org
Funding to increase the Executive/Artistic Director’s allotted time to be able to carry out communications needs and work on growing the diversity within the organization’s community.

New Arab American Theater Works $9,600.00
Funding to hire a consultant to help with board and organizational development.

SAATH $10,000.00
https://www.saathmn.org/
Funding for a part-time Executive Director to support organizational growth.

She Rock She Rock $10,000.00
http://www.sherocksherock.org
Funding to cover transitional costs as the current Co-Executive Directors resign and the organization hires and trains a new Managing Director.

Toot $10,000.00
Funding to hire an administrative assistant to help the organization grow into a sustainable future.

Uprising Theatre Company $10,000.00
www.uprisingtheatreco.com
Funding to financially compensate the Artistic Director for the first time.

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz $10,000.00
www.zpuppets.org
Funding to hire a Development Research Associate to identify funding sources and performance opportunities for two new touring shows.

zAmya Theater Project $10,000.00
https://www.zamyatheater.org/
Funding for zAmJam, a project designed to bolster the organization’s mission by increasing earned income, reaching new audiences, and building troupe member skills through refining and marketing a series of workshops designed for companies and organizations.

Saint Paul

Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac $10,000.00
www.saintpaulalmanac.org
Funding to design and build a new website to enable the organization to reach broader audiences and communities of donors.

Bach Society of Minnesota $10,000.00
www.bachsocietymn.org
Funding to create a Communications/Audience Engagement Coordinator staff position to engage and collaborate with a broader diversity of communities.

Exposed Brick Theatre $10,000.00
www.exposedbricktheatre.org
Funding to hire a consultant to create a development plan to increase general operating support and unrestricted funds.

Full Circle Theater Company $10,000.00
http://www.fullcircletheatermn.org/
Funding to hire a consultant and to expand weekly staff hours for a six-month period in order to carry out a fundraising initiative broadening and expanding the organization’s foundation and corporate support.

Mizna $10,000.00
http://www.mizna.org
Funding to hire a nonprofit consultant to lead the organization through a board governance and broader strategic planning process.

The Victoria Theater Arts Center $9,000.00
http://www.victoriatheater.org/
Funding to create a BIPOC advisory board, which will then, with professional facilitation, create foundational policies on equity and inclusion to guide organizational decision making, programming, systems, and practices.

Wonderlust Productions $10,000.00
http://wlproductions.org/
Funding to create, hire, and manage a new part-time Managing Director position to support the organization’s growth in programs with administrative support of fundraising, financial tracking, data management, and communications.

Young Dance, Inc. $10,000.00
http://www.youngdance.org
Funding to hire a part-time Communications Manager who will strategize and implement communication, marketing, and publicity presenting a unified message and branding of the organization.

Suburban Ramsey County

113 $10,000.00
www.113collective.com
Funding to hire a consultant to create organized, accessible donor and documentation databases.

Washington County

StoryArk $10,000.00
storyark.org
Funding to hire a PR consultant to create and implement an overall public relations and social media plan to support current and future efforts.

FY 2019 Organizational Development Grant Awards

On May 28, 2019 the MRAC board awarded $320,941 to 33 groups and organizations in the Organizational Development grant program.

The Organizational Development grant projects will provide arts organizations in the Twin Cities Metro area with resources and expertise to continue with strong arts engagement with their communities. These programs are intended to make structural investments in groups who are achieving both high artistic engagement with their communities and those with potential for organizational growth and advancement.

These grant programs are made possible by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. Geographic listings represent the county where the arts organization is located; note that Minneapolis is listed separately from the Suburban Hennepin County.

Minneapolis

20% Theatre Company $10,000.00
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding to hire a part-time Executive Director to support the Artistic Director & Founder in building capacity and running the organization.

Cuban American Youth Orchestra $9,500.00
https://cayomusic.org/
Funding to support a professional grant writer to be tasked with identifying and pursuing foundation and corporate support for Twin Cities programs.

Grace Minnesota $10,000.00
www.dyfit.org
Funding to improve and make efficient the fundamental administrative systems that underpin the daily management of the organization.

Hopewell Music Cooperative North $10,000.00
www.hopewellmusic.com
Funding to hire a part time Development Director in order to increase the organization’s financial sustainability.

Kulture Klub Collaborative $10,000.00
www.kultureklub.org
Funding to continue work with a consultant to strengthen internal evaluation, participant feedback, and organizational equity by increasing youth, artist, and participant voice in the creative planning and strategic decision-making of the organization.

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute $10,000.00
www.moi-msp.org
Funding to hire a Development Manager to oversee annual fundraising, build donor base, and support the board and Executive Director in their efforts to meet revenue goals.

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop $10,000.00
www.mnprisonwriting.org
Funding to streamline organizational structure and increase staff time by 10 hours/week to implement a comprehensive development plan focused on individual giving.

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop $10,000.00
www.monkeybear.org
Funding for Executive Director to be paid as contracted staff for first time and funding for grant consultant to systematize grantwriting process.

Nimbus Theatre $10,000.00
http://www.nimbustheatre.com
Funding to hire a Front of House Manager for their venue, the Crane Theater. These funds will help expand a previously small, volunteer position into a paid management position.

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association $10,000.00
www.nemaa.org
Funding to employ the Interim Executive Director for the summer, from June to August, giving the organization time to plan for the future, seek out other funding sources, and lay the foundation for successful programming and financial stability in 2020.

Off-Leash Area $10,000.00
www.offleasharea.org
Funding to hire a part-time Development Assistant to work with the organization to develop new funding streams, community partnerships, and business sponsors in support of the organization’s new programs and expanded mission.

Once Were and Again We Are dba Northern Monday Films $10,000.00
Funding to hire a contract Development Coordinator in the weeks leading up to and during the 2020 budgeting process, June through November 2019.

Red Eye Collaboration $10,000.00
www.redeyetheater.org
Funding for a strategic and space planning initiative as the organization moves into its first full year of new leadership and searches for a permanent new home.

She Rock She Rock $10,000.00
http://www.sherocksherock.org
Funding to increase the Operations Manager’s weekly hours to relaunch the Youth Board and create a stronger, sustainable sponsorship funding model.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum $8,840.00
www.somalimuseum.org
Funding to devote staff time and board capacity to a new strategic planning and documentation process, while also building internal capacity for improved financial reporting and program budgeting to support that growth.

Soo Visual Arts Center $10,000.00
http://www.soovac.org
Funding to explore how to achieve the best position and sustain growth for the organization. Board and staff will create a roadmap for the future through a detailed strategic plan.

The DIAL Group $6,200.00
www.thedialgroup.org
Funding to hire a consultant to create a comprehensive strategic plan, assess current and future fundraising strategies, and work with board and staff to implement the plan.

The Moving Company $10,000.00
www.themovingco.org
Funding to develop infrastructure and strategies around fundraising and donor development, including implementing a donor customer relationship manager system, policies and procedures around donor records and development, and developing and implementing an actionable donor development strategic plan.

Theatre Unbound $10,000.00
www.theatreunbound.com
Funding to create salaried positions for a Marketing Director and Social Media Director to implement recommendations from a marketing strategy plan developed with a consulting firm.

Umbrella Collective $10,000.00
www.umbrellaco.org
Funding to strengthen organizational structure through the creation of paid leadership positions and a yearly organizational retreat.

Young Dance, Inc. $10,000.00
http://www.youngdance.org
Funding to increase staffing needs associated with a move to the organization’s new permanent home, opening in September 2019.

Saint Paul

Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac $10,000.00
www.saintpaulalmanac.org
Funding to add a half-time Management Associate position to formalize administrative support at a time of critical transition.

ArtStart $10,000.00
www.artstart.org
Funding for organizational transition planning, including outlining steps in leadership succession as the organization’s Founder/Executive Director moves toward retirement.

Bach Society of Minnesota $10,000.00
www.bachsocietymn.org
Funding to hire an Operations Manager to lead all key elements of the organization’s concert productions.

Celtic Junction Arts Center $10,000.00
celticjunction.org
Funding to hire a software engineer to evaluate and develop an accessible, intuitive, and responsive website.

COLLIDE Theatrical $10,000.00
www.collidetheatrical.org
Funding to hire a part-time contractor to grow and sustain individual donor cultivation.

East Side Arts Council $7,000.00
www.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding to work with a consultant from Propel Nonprofits to assess the organization’s current budget and cashflow documents, as well as receive staff and board training in financial best practices and communication.

East Side Freedom Library $9,600.00
eastsidefreedomlibrary.org
Funding to develop an RFP for a new integrated data management and communication system to update the current use of a donor database, email marketing system, and spreadsheets.

Exposed Brick Theatre $9,801.00
www.exposedbricktheatre.org
Funding to hire a consultant to work with staff to develop an individual donor plan and create the materials and infrastructure to launch an individual giving campaign.

Wonderlust Productions $10,000.00
http://wlproductions.org/
Funding to support a new Training Labs program for workgroups in non-profits, corporations, and government agencies, widening the impact of the organization’s work and eventually yielding earned revenue to support other programs.

Suburban Hennepin County

Four Humors Theater $10,000.00
www.fourhumorstheater.com
Funding for the creation of a digital and physical assets archive spanning 14 years of itinerant production history in order to prepare for focused, long-term company growth.

St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts $10,000.00
slpfota.org
Funding to hire a consultant to facilitate a planning process and develop an Arts and Culture Strategic Framework in support of community priorities.

Washington County

StoryArk $10,000.00
storyark.org
Funding to develop a culturally sensitive evaluation method that successfully captures the data needed to analyze programing and inform decisions for the organization.

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