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Emerging City Champions

To provide civic innovators in Knight communities with the best knowledge on how to improve public spaces through 8-80 Cities' study tours, the Emerging City Champions program and the city residency programs.

Knight American Artists Fellowship Fund

To create a sustainable future through the formation of an operations endowment for United States Artists, an organization that awards unrestricted fellowships to American artists, that will enable staff to spend time on programming, analytics and raising additional capital to expand the fellowships instead of raising money for annual operations.

Can Do Signs

Rethinking municipal signs that typically tell people “what not to do,” to spur fun, imagination and positivity throughout Charlotte; the project will create signs that provide amusing, enchanting, fun options: You can dance! You can sing! You can skip!

Crown TownHall

Helping residents more easily connect with their local government and get involved with civic issues through pop-up events where they can meet elected officials, sign up for city services, and review area planning efforts.

Queen City Quiz Show

Creating a mobile quiz show that will team local musicians and artists with cultural groups to entertain, enlighten and challenge diverse communities with questions about the city from the trivial to the pertinent and controversial.

Better Block Foundation

To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.

Knight-Crane Hall

To promote an informed and engaged community in Charlotte by supporting the renovation of the new Knight-Crane Hall at Queens University, home of the James L. Knight School of Communication, by providing technology and lab and field equipment.

Carolina Civic Theatre goes digital

To foster civic engagement by providing technology planning and tools to transform a historic movie theater into an active public space in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.

Trees Charlotte

To help Trees Charlotte grow the city's celebrated tree canopy, which contributes to the beauty of the city's public spaces and enhances robust public life.

Trees Charlotte endowment

To enhance public life and the beauty of public spaces in Charlotte by creating the endowed Knight Charlotte Canopy Restoration Fund in support of TreesCharlotte, a public-private partnership committed to maintaining and expanding the tree canopy of the city.

CityGram

Making it easier for local governments to connect with citizens by creating a notification system that allows users to receive information from the government by selecting a geographic area, category and delivery method for the notifications.

West Side Business Development

To expand opportunity in the historic West End of Charlotte by preparing local businesses and the community to take advantage of the new streetcar link to Uptown by creating a new business improvement district.

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