Arts & Culture Grant

From The McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation's mission is to advance a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. They envision a world that recognizes the dignity of every human being, celebrates the creativity of the arts and sciences, and comes together to protect our one and only Earth.

Type of Support


The Arts & Culture program supports organizations, programs, and projects that provide support structures for working artists and culture bearers to develop and share their work, and to lead in movements and communities. These artists and culture bearers spark our collective imagination, enrich the quality of our lives, and enhance the vitality and vibrancy of Minnesota.

Our strategies include:

  • Supporting partnerships that provide direct support for individual artists and culture bearers
  • Developing and sustaining the presence and visibility of underrepresented artists and cultural institutions, including Black, Indigenous, Asian, and Latinx artists, and those in rural areas, Tribal Nations, and across Greater Minnesota; and supporting working artists and culture bearers advancing justice.

Organizations must support artists and culture bearers in one or more of the following ways:

  • Training & Professional Development
  • Validation & Advocacy
  • Demand & Markets
  • Material Supports
  • Networks & Community
  • Information

Organizations must work with one or more of the following groups of artists and culture bearers:

  • Dancers/Movement Artists
  • Filmmakers/Media/Digital Artists
  • Playwrights/Literary/Spoken-Word Artists
  • Musicians/Sound Artists
  • Actors/Theater Artists
  • Photographers/Visual Artists/Ceramicists/Printmakers/Craft/Textile Artists
  • Arts-Based Community Developers


Organization's Location
Program Location
Organization Type
Government entities, including Tribal Nations

Applicants must have a conversation or email exchange with Arts & Culture staff about their organization's fit within the program's guidelines within the past year before applying.


Organizations, groups, or projects that do not pay artists and culture bearers, primarily present rather than produce/create art, offer singular productions/events/exhibitions/conferences/festivals, or primarily serve youth, or are primarily arts education or social service based
Organizations at the very beginning of their formation
Support for scholarships, assistance to individuals, or conferences
Support for activities with a religious purpose
Lobbying prohibited by the Internal Revenue Code (attempts to influence specific pending or proposed legislation, including referenda, local ordinances, and resolutions)
not specified


Required Attachments
Organizational Budget
Project Budget
Contact info
Arts & Culture Team
(612) 333-4220