Management Improvement Fund

Anchoring nonprofits in stability and strength

Most nonprofits struggle to finance their day-to-day operations, let alone invest in long-term planning and management consultants. The Management Improvement Fund, a community initiative of The Saint Paul Foundation, is dedicated to strengthening the internal operations of organizations. Grants are now available statewide thanks to support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. Grants can be used to fund consultations or technical assistance that help nonprofits identify and address their organization's unique needs.

Applying for a Grant

Contact Us

Before applying, all interested applicants must contact Stephanie Battle, director of Community Impact, at 651.325.4236 or via email to ensure that the Fund fits the requested need.

Contact Stephanie

Grant Deadlines

We have two grant rounds each year. In 2018, the application deadline for Round 1 is Tuesday, February 13 at 3 p.m. The application deadline for Round 2 is Tuesday, August 21 at 3 p.m. Applications open five weeks before the deadline

Visit the Grantee Portal

How the Management Improvement Fund Makes a Difference

Since 1985, the Fund has provided more than $4.9 million to more than 574 nonprofit organizations. The Fund supports initiatives like strategic planning, board development, fund development planning and organizational assessments. As a result, grant recipients have bolstered fundraising, expanded important programs and improved service to the community. 


The Role of The Saint Paul Foundation

Management Improvement Fund receives generous support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation and many individuals.

Grant Application Resources

Download the grant guidelines

Find out what kinds of proposals we will consider.

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Download the fact sheet

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

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Start your application

Use this link to access our online grantee portal and apply for a grant.

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Applicant portal user guide

Find instructions on how to create an account and apply for a grant with our online portal.

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Download our interim report form

Current grantees can use this link to download our interim report form.

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Download our final report form

Current grantees can use this link to download our final report form.

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Support the Management Improvement Fund

You can make a donation to the Management Improvement Fund and help small nonprofits develop financial and organizational stability.