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Mississippi River

How to Apply


The first step is to familiarize yourself with our Mississippi River program guidelines. If you are unclear about your organization's fit with our funding strategies, call the River 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 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 18, 2017 November 1, 2017 February 2018
January 18, 2018 February 1, 2018 May 2018
April 17, 2018 May 1, 2018 August 2018
July 18, 2018 August 1, 2018 November 2018

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 Mississippi River team.

Apply Online View Grantees