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Funding Options

Many requests for grants come to us through letters of inquiry. However, several other important funding opportunities are available.

Knight Arts Challenge

In Akron, Ohio, Detroit, South Florida, and St. Paul, Minn., we use annual challenges to find ideas in the arts that build community. There are three simple rules: The idea must be about the arts, the project must take place in or benefit the local community, and winners must find other funding to match Knight Foundation’s support. For more information and to apply, please visit knightarts.org.

Knight Cities Challenge

The Knight Cities Challenge offers a share of $5 million for the best ideas to make the 26 Knight communities more successful, focusing on attracting and retaining talent, expanding opportunity and promoting civic engagement. The annual challenge opens in October. For more information and to apply, visit knightcities.org

Knight Enterprise Fund

The Knight Enterprise Fund provides early-stage venture funding for media innovation. We’re looking for companies with disruptive solutions at the intersection of information, community and engagement. For more information and to apply, please visit knightenterprisefund.org

Knight News Challenge

The Knight News Challenge awards as much as $6 million a year for innovative ideas that develop platforms, tools and services to transform how we access and use information. For more information and to apply, please visit newschallenge.org.

Knight Prototype Fund

The Knight Prototype Fund supports early-stage information projects by providing innovators with the space to take their ideas from concept to demo. Recipients receive $35,000 and human-centered design training as part of a cohort. The six-month program concludes with the opportunity to demonstrate the project. Applications are accepted every quarter. For more information and to apply, please visit prototypefund.org

Donor-advised funds in Knight communities

Knight Foundation partners with community foundations in many places where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Learn more about our community foundations program here