With just 11 days left apply to the Knight Community Information Challenge, we wanted to share the answers to a few questions we’ve been getting from potential applicants.
Here are five essential things to know about the challenge, which offers matching funding to community and place-based foundations supporting news and information projects:
1) The challenge continues to be an open call for all types of news and information ideas: We firmly believe that community foundations know their local information needs best, and should propose their own answers to help fill the gaps. This year, we are encouraging foundations to explore Open Government projects, which will be given priority in the judging. However, all types of media projects are eligible for challenge funding.
2) Our definition of Open Government is broad: We are looking for projects that help improve the relationship between people and their governments. That encompases a range of projects, from those that make government data more understandable and actionable to ways to use technology to increase participation in local issues. A few examples: A data project by the Chicago Community Trust uses data to help parents understand school closings. And in the past, Knight has funded a tool that uses text messaging to gather input on public issues, and another that makes it easy for communities to gather survey data on local issues. The goal is to get people informed and engaged in local issues.
3) Community and place-based foundations must be the applicant for challenge funds: Partnerships