Engaged Communities

Knight invests in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement.

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Featured Funding Initiatives


  1. Knight Arts Challenge

    In Detroit, South Florida and St. Paul (and soon Akron) we are seeking ideas and innovation in the arts from nonprofits, companies and individuals.

  2. Knight Enterprise Fund

    The Knight Enterprise Fund provides early-stage venture funding for media innovation. We’re looking for companies with disruptive solutions at the intersection of information, community and engagement.

  3. Knight Prototype Fund

    The Knight Prototype Fund helps media makers, technologists and tinkerers take ideas from concept to demo. With grants of $35,000, innovators are given six months to research, test core assumptions and iterate before building out an entire project.

    The program recognizes that with the cost of experimentation dropping, innovators should have the opportunity to test their greatest ideas and explore many options before choosing a final path. When successful projects emerge, Knight Foundation can help them scale.

    The deadline for the next round of Prototype Fund grants will be announced soon.

    Browse through funded projects, our FAQ and apply now. The next deadline is May 15, 2015.

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  1. Community Foundations Program

    The Knight Community Foundations Program serves to advance informed and engaged communities by working in transformational ways with community foundations and their leaders. 

  2. Knight Cities Challenge

    The Knight Cities Challenge is seeking new ideas that make the 26 communities where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work. The challenge is offering $5 million for innovative projects that answer the question: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?

  3. Knight News Challenge

    The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas.

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