Browse Knight-Funded Ideas

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Citymart USA Demonstration Project

To demonstrate an innovative approach to city government procurement that could generate substantial cost-savings for cities, create greater transparency and accountability in the procurement process, match the needs in the community with the best available solutions, and create a clearer model for citizen engagement and open up cities to local social and urban entrepreneurship.

Knight Green Line Challenge

To engage community members in developing and executing projects that increase the vibrancy of neighborhoods and commercial districts along the new Central Corridor Green Line

Sustainable Communities

To improve the quality of life for residents in low-income neighborhoods in Detroit, Philadelphia and the Twin Cities through the Building Sustainable Communities strategy.

Giving Day Initiative - St. Paul

To support GiveMN and The Saint Paul Community Foundation's use of online giving technologies for two years in order to raise their community profile and engage new donors.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

To support production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream by Ten Thousand Things Theater in homeless shelters, correctional facilities and other under-served community spaces in St. Paul.

Interactive theatre

To activate storefronts affected by construction of the Central Corridor Light Rail on University Avenue in St. Paul with site-specific interactive theater productions.

Naturalization Options

A planning grant for La Raza to work with financial institutions to develop low-cost loan options for naturalization application fees.


To support the Minnesota Community Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation's leadership role in the use of online giving technologies and to spread their knowledge and best practices to other Knight community foundations

Twin Cities Summer Live Music/Dancing

To support a summer long weekly event offering free dance lessons, social dancing and live music by Twin Cities artists in Landmark Plaza on Thursday nights

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