What types of ideas does the prototype fund support?
The Prototype Fund supports a broad spectrum of ideas related to media, data and information. We are interested in any new models or technology to inform communities.
Is there a deadline for the prototype fund?
Yes. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. Our next deadline is Oct. 25, 2013.
Is the program open to international applicants?
At this time, funding is limited to organizations based in the U.S.
What types of funding are available?
The prototype fund makes grants to nonprofit organizations, for-profit organization and individuals, for charitable activity (such as open source development, public education, etc.). You can read about our other funding options here.
How much funding will I get if my application is successful?
Successful applicants receive an $35,000 grant for a six-month prototyping period.
What are the intellectual property terms of the Prototype Fund?
You can read our standard IP policy here.
Where do I apply?
Prototype Fund application form.
What comes next if my application is approved?
New grantees start the Prototype Fund experience with a two-and-a-half day human-centered design and project planning workshop. Over the six month prototyping period you work independently and check-in with Knight Foundation on your progress. At the end of the six months, grantees are reconvened for a demo day showcasing the research and prototypes.