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To help strengthen Lexington's leadership, the foundation and partners at ProgressLex will create a fellowship that will equip local change agents with skills in storytelling and media production

Rural Community News Exchange

To increase access to news across rural New Mexico, challenge funds will help launch a news-sharing service for small-town independent newspapers.


To grow TurboVote, a digital tool that makes registering and voting easier, and expand to Knight resident communities.

Citizen Scientist

To engage residents and visitors in the health of coastal areas, the Key Biscayne Community Foundation will create a citizen scientist program to monitor the local marine habitat. 

Flagstaff Emergency Information Source

To ensure that residents are prepared for and quickly recover from wildfires, floods, hazmat incidents and disasters, the Arizona Community Foundation will help Flagstaff’s two largest news organizations provide better real-time information. 

Free Flow

To identify information gaps in five local communities, Berks County Community Foundation will use Knight Foundation’s Community Information Toolkit to determine what kind of information residents need but aren’t getting through the online news site,, and other media outlets. 

Interaction and Engagement Website

To increase public understanding about how education funding works in Duval County, The Community Foundation in Jacksonville will create a website to serve as a hub of information, interaction and engagement. 

Investigative Post

To increase local environmental coverage, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo will fund a beat reporter dedicated to environmental issues at a newly launched nonprofit investigative news site. 

Kick-Starting Civic Innovation

The Chicago Community Trust will create apps and other tools to help increase the utility of local government data to benefit community organizations and the broader public. 

Maine Boomer Reporting Corps

To engage older adults in reporting local news stories, the Maine Community Foundation, in partnership with the University of Maine’s Center on Aging, will train older adults in rural communities to be citizen reporters. 

Mass Media Campaign

To combat the problem of payday-lending debt in Mississippi, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation will launch a community awareness campaign on local safe-lending options. 

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

To increase coverage of local issues like education, safety, and health and wellness, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee, in partnership with the Zilber Family Foundation, and working with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, will expand the capacity of an existing local news site. 

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