Vibrant & Equitable Communities 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.

Grant uses


Our program seeks to build vibrant and equitable communities for all Minnesotans by working to transform existing systems and create new ones that enable every resident, regardless of race, geography, or income, to have opportunities for upward economic mobility, individual and generational wealth building, access to stable, affordable housing, and an ability to meaningfully and fairly engage in civic and democratic processes. Together, we can build a Minnesota defined by equity rather than disparity. We can create a Minnesota that celebrates and honors the diversity of all communities in this state. We can repair past harms and injustices, particularly for our Indigenous and Black communities, while also creating pathways of opportunity for all communities in our increasingly diverse state, including Black, Indigenous, immigrant, Asian, Latinx, and low-income communities.

Organizations or their projects/programming must achieve one or more of the following strategies:

  • Accelerate economic mobility
  • Build community wealth
  • Cultivate a fair and just housing system
  • Strengthen democratic participation


Organization's Location
Program Location
Organization Type
Government entities
  • The Foundation may consider funding requests for efforts such as advocacy and education to improve the policies and administrative rules of executive, judicial, and administrative agencies; information-sharing that is neutral, nonpartisan, and fully descriptive of both sides of pending legislative issues; and policy research.
  • Applicants must have a conversation or email exchange with Communities Program staff about their request before applying.


Basic social services, such as food shelves, case management, or emergency shelter
Health services
Parks and open spaces
Transit- and transportation-related efforts
Pre-K-12 educational programming
Workforce development education and training
Scholarships or other types of assistance for individuals
Conferences, including attendance or travel, except in rare cases
Endowments and capital campaigns, except in rare cases
Activities that have a specific 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
The Communities Team
(612) 333-4220