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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 may 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
January 2, 2018 January 15, 2018 May 2018
March 30, 2018 April 15, 2018 August 2018
June 29, 2018 July 15, 2018 November 2018
October 1, 2018 October 15, 2018 February 2019

Important Notes

  • 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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