The Knight Community Information Challenge helps community and place-based foundations have an impact on issues they care about by funding news and information projects. Launched as traditional media models began to falter, the challenge encourages local foundations to step in and take a leadership role in ensuring that residents are informed about and engaged in issues important to them.
In 2013, ten local information projects, all backed by their community or place-based foundation, were funded as winners of the Knight Community Information Challenge to help improve journalism and increase government transparency.
In addition to providing matching funds, the challenge helps foundations get the latest media trends via the Media Learning Seminar, a gathering of foundation, media and tech leaders to explore ways to meet information needs; provides access to Circuit Riders, or technical support to guide grant makers at any stage of a project and ongoing training through the Knight Digital Media Center.
To learn more, watch the slide show above and visit Frequently Asked Questions.
Recorded versions of Knight's May 1 webinar about the challenge and virtual Office Hours are available online.
Note: Innovators interested in partnering with community foundations for the challenge should view "Getting funding through the Knight Community Information Challenge: A guide for innovators" on SlideShare.net.