Knight Cities Challenge



Status: Closed. Congratulations to the 2017 Knight Cities Challenge Finalists.

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

The challenge is open to innovators of all types: architects, activists, artists, city planners, entrepreneurs, students, educators, city officials, as well as governments and organizations. The initial application consists of just two questions and is designed to be simple to encourage a diversity of applications.

There are only two rules for the Knight Cities Challenge:

  1. A submission may come from anywhere, but the project must take place in or benefit one or more of 26 Knight communities.
  2. The idea should focus on one or all of three key drivers of city success: attracting and retaining talent, expanding economic opportunity, and creating a culture of civic engagement.

Meet the 37 winning ideas of the 2016 Knight Cities Challenge. For more, visit