With the July 1 deadline in the Knight Community Information Challenge right around the corner, we wanted to give folks one last chance to ask questions about this funding opportunity for community news and information projects.
We hope you’ll join us at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21 for Office Hours (register here). There won't be a set agenda or presentation. Instead, we'll be available to take questions from any potential applicants.
This year the challenge, which offers matching funds to community and place-based foundations, is evolving. While it continue to be an open contest for all kinds of media projects, we’re particularly interested in open government projects that improve the way citizens and governments interact. The challenge is also offering up to $50,000 in seed funding to community and place-based foundations (though open government projects may be considered for larger grants). Our goal is to provide the support funders need to test their ideas and assumptions, and evolve as need be, before going on to the more costly process of building out a full project.
In case you missed it, here are the top five things to know about the Knight Community Information Challenge and some insights and info on applying. If you’re looking to see how past winners have successfully used challenge funds, you can read more about how foundations are: