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.
To demonstrate an innovative approach to city government procurement that could generate substantial cost-savings for cities, create greater transparency and accountability in the procurement process, match the needs in the community with the best available solutions, and create a clearer model for citizen engagement and open up cities to local social and urban entrepreneurship.
To plan a community-based component to a multi-state early childhood network and develop of a statewide partnership for Quality Pre-Kindergarten in Pennsylvania
To include Knight-community libraries in the creation of a national digital library network
To support and help shape the agenda of the 2014 National Day of Civic Hacking.
To introduce educators in Knight communities to action civics through the Mikva Challenge's 'New Civics Practitioners Conference' in June 2015.
To develop the capacity of the nonprofit sector in four Knight communities to advocate for universal access by supporting the NTEN Municipal Wireless Empowerment Project
To bring Springboard for the Arts' Community Supported Art program to Knight Foundation's eight communities over the next two years, inspiring local art movements
To analyze the impact of federal and state budget proposals on Knight priority areas and help grant partners access and use budget and tax policy data