Knight Arts Challenge FAQ


Note: The application period is now closed. Finalists for Akron, Detroit and Miami will be announced later this year. 

The 2019 Knight Arts Challenge will support the the best ideas that connect people to place and to each other through the arts in Akron, Detroit and Miami.

Knight Arts Challenge FAQs are also available in Spanish, Creole, Arabic and Hmong.


  • When will the application period open?

  • What are the rules?

  • Can only nonprofit organizations or educational institutions apply?

  • Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

  • Do you have to be at least 18-years-old to apply?

  • Do I or my organization have to be based in Akron, Detroit or Miami.

  • What’s the difference between the application and a “full proposal?”

  • How many applications may I submit?

  • How much money can I ask for?

  • Can I add attachments to my initial idea?

  • Do I have to have a letter of support if my idea is contingent on another organization or partner?


  • What’s a “challenge grant?”

  • What do you mean by “find other funding to match” the foundation’s gift?

  • Can the matching funds be my own money or existing money from within my organization?

  • At which point must the funding match be made?

  • Is it always a $1 to $1 match?

  • Does Knight help me raise matching funds?


  • What’s considered ART?

  • How do I know if my proposal fits your idea about art or innovation?

  • What are Knight’s funding priorities?

  • Who reviews my entry?

  • Can I still apply if my project is just an idea?

  • When will winners be announced?

  • How soon will we hear back with a decision on our applications?

  • If my proposal is not accepted, will I know why?

  • If I have won before, can I apply again?

  • Where can I find information on past winning ideas?

  • I’ve read through the FAQ. How can I learn more insights into the challenge or make my idea more competitive?

  • Who do I contact if I have questions?