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How to Apply


The first step is to familiarize yourself with our arts program guidelines. If you are unclear about your organization's fit with our funding strategies, call the arts team at 612-333-4220.

To help you prepare, you can preview both the initial inquiry and full proposal application forms at any time. You may also want to review our funding FAQ or the arts organizations in our grantee database.

The application system opens approximately two weeks prior to each initial inquiry deadline. (See table below.) During that window, click "apply online" below to start a new application


McKnight's deadlines are quarterly. The inquiry submission date will determine when a full proposal, if invited, is considered by our board.

Application Opens Initial Inquiry Due Board Consideration
October 1, 2017 October 15, 2017 February 2018
January 3, 2017 January 15, 2017 May 2017
April 1, 2017 April 15, 2017 August 2017
July 1, 2017 July 15, 2017 November 2017

Important Notes

  • A completed Data Arts Profile is required if a full proposal is invited. Visit for more information.
  • To access saved applications or to check the status of a report, use the Account Login link (upper right corner of any page).
  • If you have any trouble with the online application system call us at 612-333-4220 or send an email to our Arts team.

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