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Management Improvement Fund

Important Update on Temporary Application Closure

In 2022, we will be transitioning to a new enterprise technology system, which will include adopting a new grant portal for our Management Improvement Fund applications.

While much of the transition will be behind the scenes, allowing us to implement increased automation and work more efficiently and creatively as a Foundation, this work does require us to make temporary adjustments as we migrate data from one system to another.

During this technology transition we must temporarily close the Management Improvement Fund grant application. No applications will be accepted between February 24 and late June.

The portal will reopen in late June. When we reopen, the technology will change, but the Management Improvement Fund grant guidelines will not.

In addition, as we prepare for the transition, all outstanding final reports for existing grants are waived.

About the Fund

THE MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENT FUND, A SPECIAL PROJECT OF THE SAINT PAUL & MINNESOTA FOUNDATION, IS DEDICATED TO STRENGTHENING NONPROFITS’ INTERNAL OPERATIONS.

Nonprofit organizations work hard to raise the funds needed to support the day-to-day operations of their programs, leaving them little time and resources to devote to essential professional and technical services.

The Management Improvement Fund supports vital capacity-building work like strategic planning, board development, fund development planning and organizational assessments. As a result, grant recipients can bolster fundraising, expand important programs and improve their services to the community.

Since 1985, the Fund has provided over $5.8 million to more than 600 nonprofit organizations.

Anchoring Nonprofits in Stability and Strength

To strengthen the internal operations of nonprofit organizations, the Management Improvement Fund provides grants to small and midsize nonprofits operating in, or serving, the Twin Cities East Metro (Ramsey, Dakota or Washington counties). Grant dollars are used to fund consultations and technical assistance to improve organizational capacity to better serve the community.

Applying for a Grant

The Management Improvement Fund has a rolling application.

All interested applicants are highly encouraged to call or email the Management Improvement Fund at 651.325.4286 or mif@spmcf.org before applying to ensure that the Fund fits your needs.

Funding Criteria

Organizations and groups applying for a Management Improvement Fund grant are reviewed with the following criteria in mind:

  • Organization annual operating budgets of $5 million or less
  • Organizations must serve a significant number of low-income persons
  • Can document that they are in strong need of the technical assistance through consultation
  • Not likely to undertake the effort without financial assistance from the Fund
  • Motivated to undertake the consultation/technical assistance
  • Time and staff capabilities to commit to the consultation and to implement changes
  • Environment is conducive to working with a consultant, including stable leadership, board consensus on desired outcomes and the absence of imminent organizational crises

Grant Resources

Grant guidelines

Find out what kinds of proposals the Management Improvement Fund will consider in our grant guidelines.


Fact sheet

Read an overview of the Management Improvement Fund's criteria and application process.


Application questions and sample budget

Take a look at the Management Improvement Fund application questions and a sample budget before you apply.

Evaluation

As we prepare for a transition to a new Grant Portal in June, all outstanding final reports for existing grants are waived.

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