To accelerate economic mobility in Akron's core city neighborhoods by leveraging new investments in job creation, job preparation and job access.
For a challenge grant to support operations of Access to Care, a local initiative to improve access to health care
To introduce teenagers and young adults to entrepreneurial skills and thinking by expanding existing programs.
To support acclaimed choreographers Ronen Koresh, Doug Elkins and Kate Weare who will bring internationally and nationally recognized cutting edge dance innovation to audiences in Akron
To support the transformation, planning, development and operation of the Visiting Inductee Program and National Inventors Hall of Fame Invention Gallery located in the National Inventors Hall of Fame Community Learning Center
To expand the Jane's Walk program into Knight resident communities and develop a model and set of resources for expansion into other cities across the U.S.
To promote economic development and employment growth in Akron and Summit County by providing financial and human capital for promising startup companies
To implement new methods for community members to engage with public, private and philanthropic entities to build economic engines that foster entrepreneurship and create jobs
To support an expanded KaBoom! model to include expanded training for volunteers and capacity building for the local sponsoring nonprofit in nine playgrounds builds in Akron, Miami and Detroit
To support "Knight Night in Akron" and Akron Preview Event for the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival (2011) and 36th Cleveland International Film Festival (2012).
To provide lead sponsorship for the 2011 performance and multiple outreach programs for the MOMIX (dance) project
To create a multiuse space at the library to support emerging entrepreneurs, maker activities, digital media creation and community meetings