Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

What Knight Foundation funding opportunities are open now?

Oct. 17, 2014, 4:51 p.m., Posted by Andrew Sherry

Knight Foundation uses challenges to find great ideas across its program areas. In addition, a few opportunities are available year round. Here are the opportunities open now:

  • If you have a news or information idea you want to develop and test, the Knight Prototype Fund may be for you. This Media Innovation initiative provides $35,000 to turn ideas into prototypes. There are several cohorts of winners each year; the most recent winners can be seen here. The next application deadline is Nov. 1. Follow #PrototypeFund on Twitter for more.

  • If you have a new idea to make one of the 26 Knight communities more successful, the Knight Cities Challenge is open until 5 p.m. Eastern Time Nov. 14. The challenge is a new program from Community and National Initiatives, and winners will share $5 million. The initial application is simple, and reviewers will look for innovative ideas that can help our communities attract and retain talented people, create economic opportunity, or foster a culture of civic engagement. #KnightCities

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Nonprofit focuses on creating vibrant street life in San Jose, Calif.

Oct. 17, 2014, 1:52 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation


Knight Foundation recently announced $150,000 in support for the San Jose Downtown Association to improve public life in the urban core as the city experiences substantial growth.

The San Jose Downtown Association plans to use community events and public space improvements to create a better experience for people downtown. Watch the video for more details.

This support is one element of the foundation’s efforts to expand opportunities in San Jose, while helping to attract and retain talented people. San Jose is one of 26 Knight communities, places where Knight’s founders, brothers John S. and James L. Knight, once owned newspapers.

An evangelist for entrepreneurship: With events like SIME MIA, Demian Bellumio is promoting Miami’s future

Oct. 17, 2014, 10 a.m., Posted by Fernando González

Demian Bellumio, chief operating officer for Senzari, a Big Data content recommendation company based in Miami, seems in motion even while calmly answering questions seated at a desk in the company’s conference room. It’s late summer and part of this, no doubt, is because today he’s waiting for a call from a potential sponsor for this year’s SIME MIA, a two-day conference that merges entrepreneurship, media technology and the arts.

Senzari COO Demian Bellumio by Carolina Wilson on Flickr.

Born in Argentina but raised in Miami, Bellumio has been instrumental in organizing events such as the MIA Music Summit, which brought together people in music and technology, entrepreneurs and investors, and also bringing SIME, a Europe-based event, to South Florida. Last year’s gathering was a partnership between SIME and MIA Collective, of which Bellumio is a founding partner, with support provided by Knight Foundation through 2015. But on this day, he says, more sponsors are needed. And if a potential backer is interested, he’s happy to talk.

As it develops an ecosystem for high-tech entrepreneurs and investors, Bellumio is one of Miami’s most enthusiastic pitchmen. He has a success story to tell—and a passion for his hometown.