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Better Block Foundation

To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.

Knight-Crane Hall

To promote an informed and engaged community in Charlotte by supporting the renovation of the new Knight-Crane Hall at Queens University, home of the James L. Knight School of Communication, by providing technology and lab and field equipment.

Carolina Civic Theatre goes digital

To foster civic engagement by providing technology planning and tools to transform a historic movie theater into an active public space in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.

Trees Charlotte

To help Trees Charlotte grow the city's celebrated tree canopy, which contributes to the beauty of the city's public spaces and enhances robust public life.

Trees Charlotte endowment

To enhance public life and the beauty of public spaces in Charlotte by creating the endowed Knight Charlotte Canopy Restoration Fund in support of TreesCharlotte, a public-private partnership committed to maintaining and expanding the tree canopy of the city.

CityGram

Making it easier for local governments to connect with citizens by creating a notification system that allows users to receive information from the government by selecting a geographic area, category and delivery method for the notifications.

West Side Business Development

To expand opportunity in the historic West End of Charlotte by preparing local businesses and the community to take advantage of the new streetcar link to Uptown by creating a new business improvement district.

The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation

Bringing people together to connect and engage in four Knight resident cities (Charlotte, Macon, Philadelphia and San Jose) with a musical swings installation that plays music when used and more complex melodies when people collaborate to use them together.

Knight Artist in Residency and Renovation

To elevate Charlotte as a hub for artistic excellence by supporting the McColl Center for Art + Innovation’s Knight Artist in Residency program. Funding will help fellows expand their community engagement efforts in Charlotte.

Knight Charlotte Cycling Fund

To create the Knight Charlotte Cycling Fund to support a planning process to be led by Alta Planning or other subject matter expert and implementation of specific activities to make Charlotte a more bike-friendly city.

Historic Carolina Theater in Charlotte

To provide pre-development support to transform a historic movie theater into an active civic space in the heart of Uptown Charlotte that promotes community engagement.

Welcoming America

To support Welcoming Cities, a program that helps cities to adopt policies and best practices to attract, retain and harness New Americans and immigrant talent.

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