A continuación se presentan algunas preguntas y respuestas sobre McKnight's Comunidades vibrantes y equitativas Programa (Comunidades). Para más información, lo invitamos a leer las Comunidades enfoque y pautas de aplicación.

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1. ¿Cuántas rondas de concesión de subvenciones hay cada año?

Our team reviews proposals on a rolling basis, applications can be submitted at any time. Given year-end priorities, grants submitted and reviewed in the fourth quarter may take additional time. We recommend submitting your request by September 1 if funding in the current calendar year is critical.

Within two weeks of receiving your application, Communities staff will be in contact with you regarding next steps. We strive to make a decision and distribute funding within three months of receiving an application.

2. ¿Cuál es la duración prevista de una subvención? ¿Hacen subvenciones plurianuales?

McKnight typically makes grants for one to two years in duration. We work closely with the requesting organization to determine both the grant type (e.g., general operations, project/program) and the grant duration. If you have questions, please contact a miembro del personal del programa antes de enviar su solicitud de subvención.

3. ¿Cuál es su presupuesto de concesión de subvenciones?

The Communities program’s 2023 grantmaking budget is $32 million. Because some of those dollars are already committed to multiyear grantees, we expect to deploy roughly $26 million in new grants in 2023.

4. What types of grants are available—general operating, program grants, others?

The Communities program regularly invites both general operating and program/project grants. If you have a question about grant types, we encourage you to connect with a miembro del personal del programa.

5. Will McKnight consider funding research projects or more direct services programs?

McKnight funds a range of activities, from community organizing to research, analysis, and planning. We also fund nonpartisan policy advocacy and implementation. However, we do not fund direct services.

6. Is it necessary to secure matching funding?

We look at an organization’s entire budget and appreciate it when organizations identify diverse sources of support. We do not require matched funding, except in rare cases.

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Requisitos de elegibilidad

7. What types of organizations are eligible?

For the most part, applicants should be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations to be eligible for a grant. Government entities, including state, county, and municipal, may apply for funding for innovative projects. We generally will not fund activities that are traditionally the sole responsibility of government. Contact Paula who can connect you to a miembro del personal del programa para responder preguntas más específicas sobre su situación.

8. If I have a fiscal sponsor, can I apply for a grant?

We do consider requests from fiscally sponsored organizations. If funded, McKnight requires a fiscal sponsorship agreement between the fiscal sponsor and the sponsored project.

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9. Can you share what you mean by working statewide? Does that mean multiple sites? How do you see your grantmaking divided between the Minneapolis–St. Paul metro and Greater Minnesota?

The Communities program is committed to working with grantees and partners across Minnesota. We do not have a set funding quota by region of the state. We welcome and encourage proposals from the Minneapolis–St. Paul metro and Greater Minnesota and look forward to building funding relationships and having impact statewide.

10. Can you clarify terminology about funding in Minnesota? Must the organization be based in Minnesota, or can it be outside the state as long as it has programs applicable to Minnesota?

La mayor parte de la financiación del programa de Comunidades apoya a organizaciones con sede en Minnesota. Sin embargo, revisamos las solicitudes de socios fuera de Minnesota que están trabajando para apoyar comunidades vibrantes y equitativas en nuestro estado. Recomendamos contactar a un miembro del personal del programa para discutir su trabajo.

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Tipos de socios

12. Are you looking to fund more established organizations and projects, newer efforts, or a combination?

The Communities program funds a combination of requests from new partners and from organizations with historic ties to McKnight. We also look to fund a range of organizations and coalitions, both established and emerging.

13. How does McKnight view proposals that are relevant to more than one program at McKnight, such as the overlap between the Communities program and the Midwest Climate & Energy program?

Colaboramos estrechamente con miembros del personal en otros programas de McKnight, como Arte y cultura y Medio Oeste Clima y Energíay damos la bienvenida a propuestas que se crucen con múltiples programas. Póngase en contacto con un miembro del personal del programa para obtener orientación sobre el mejor enfoque.

14. Are you exclusively funding Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC)–led organizations?

Though McKnight is committed to increasing its support to BIPOC-led organizations, we continue to fund multicultural, multiracial partners inclusive of all communities who call Minnesota home. Since the launch of the program, approximately 62% of grantees identified as BIPOC-led.

15. How do you define BIPOC organization or BIPOC-led organization?

McKnight currently defines BIPOC-led groups as those for whom at least four of the following are true.

  • El 50 por ciento del personal senior* se identifica como BIPOC
  • El 50 por ciento de los miembros de la junta se identifican como BIPOC
  • La organización tiene directores ejecutivos/líderes que se identifican como BIPOC
  • La misión del grupo se enfoca explícitamente en las comunidades BIPOC y/o la equidad racial
  • El proyecto y/o iniciativa está siendo liderado por la mayoría de los miembros del grupo BIPOC
  • La organización está implementando iniciativas DEI y navegando por la transición organizacional para una mayor equidad en la programación/operaciones

*Definimos personal senior como personal con autoridad para tomar decisiones o responsabilidad de gestión con la organización.

16. Will you consider proposals that address economic equity and climate solutions in tandem?

Sí, damos la bienvenida a propuestas que se crucen con múltiples áreas del programa McKnight. Por favor contacte a un miembro del personal del programa para hablar sobre su trabajo y para obtener orientación sobre cómo enviar una solicitud.

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Solicitar una subvención

17. What is the best link for the grant applications?

You can apply by going to our Cómo aplicar page. We invite you to preview the application form (PDF, Palabra).

18. Do I need to talk to a program staff member before I apply?

We recommend that you discuss your application with a miembro del personal del programa. Paula can help connect you to a team member. This is not a requirement of funding. It may, however, help you save time on an application.

19. If I am a current grantee: When should I apply for new funding?

Si está solicitando financiamiento para el mismo propósito que su subvención actual, le recomendamos que lo solicite cuando su subvención existente esté lista para renovarse.

That said, we want organizations to apply when it makes sense for you. If you want to apply at a different time of the year than you have in the past, please reach out to your program contact.

20. How many times can my organization apply in one year? If we are awarded a grant, can we submit another application for a different period?

To minimize work for your organization and help McKnight manage the numerous requests we receive, an organization should request funds only once per year.

Ocasionalmente, las circunstancias, como nuevas oportunidades o eventos actuales desafiantes, pueden presentar una razón para presentar una solicitud nuevamente. Póngase en contacto con un miembro del personal del programa si cree que puede haber justificación suficiente para una solicitud adicional.

21. Is there a maximum grant request?

There is no maximum request amount. We recommend that you discuss the level of support you are considering with a miembro del personal del programa before submitting a grant proposal to save time with an application. This will also help us understand your needs, dreams, and other considerations. After an application is submitted, we may work with you to adjust the amount requested.

22. Can grantees have multiple grants with you at one time?

Los beneficiarios pueden tener múltiples subvenciones al mismo tiempo, aunque preferimos reducir la carga administrativa tanto de McKnight como de los miembros del personal del beneficiario con una sola subvención que proporciona apoyo operativo general o financia varios proyectos simultáneamente.

23. What is the approximate timeline from submitting to acceptance of a proposal?

Dentro de las dos semanas posteriores a la recepción de su solicitud, el personal de Communities se pondrá en contacto con usted con respecto a los próximos pasos. vamos a asignar un oficial de Programas to each submitted application. That officer will reach out to discuss your application.

We strive to make a decision and distribute funding within three months of receiving an application.

24. If my application does not get selected, will you carry it forward for future consideration?

Applications are not automatically carried forward for future consideration.

25. If we are not selected to receive a grant, will there be an opportunity to receive feedback? What is the follow-up process?

If we do not accept your application, you are welcome to speak with a miembro del equipo.

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Ponerse en contacto con el equipo de comunidades

26. If we are new to the McKnight Foundation, who is the best staff person to talk with?

Por favor contactar Paula y ella lo dirigirá a la persona adecuada para sus necesidades.

27. How can I stay updated?

los Comunidades vibrantes y equitativas page on McKnight’s website is the best place to find the latest information. You can also sign up to receive updates about our work.

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