Knight Blog

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

Voting is open for the South Florida Peoples Choice Award!

Oct. 20, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Matt Haggman

Knight Arts Challenge South Florida 2014 People's Choice Awards nominees are live - Vote now via text message on your mobile device

Starting today, all you need is a cellphone to help a local artist’s dream project come to life. We just launched the Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award in South Florida, where you, the public, helps decide which of six local arts organizations receives $20,000 for their idea.

It’s a text-to-vote campaign: pick your favorite group, and text their code to 22333. You may know some of the nominees, others are newly launched. Our goal with the People’s Choice Award is to bring attention to the small and emerging groups that make South Florida such a vibrant place to live.

Here’s a bit on each of the nominees:

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.