We seek to weave the arts into the fabric of communities to engage and inspire the people living in them. We believe shared cultural experiences contribute to a sense of place and communal identity.

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We invest in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement.

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We support people and organizations committed to advancing excellence in journalism and informing people in communities of all sizes through experimentation, innovation and leadership.

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Media Innovation

We support projects that seek to improve how we create, share and use information essential to communities by providing early-stage funding for experimentation and growth.

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Featured funding initiatives


  1. Knight Enterprise Fund

    The Knight Enterprise Fund provides early-stage venture funding for media innovation. We’re looking for companies with disruptive solutions at the intersection of information, community and engagement.

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  1. Knight Arts Challenge

    In Detroit, South Florida and St. Paul and now Akron we are seeking ideas and innovation in the arts from nonprofits, companies and individuals.

  2. Knight Cities Challenge

    The Knight Cities Challenge is seeking new ideas that make the 26 communities where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work. The challenge is offering $5 million for innovative projects that answer the question: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?

  3. Knight News Challenge

    The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas.

  4. Knight Prototype Fund

    The Knight Prototype Fund helps media makers, technologists and tinkerers take ideas from concept to demo. With grants of $35,000, innovators are given six months to research, test core assumptions and iterate before building out an entire project.

    The program recognizes that with the cost of experimentation dropping, innovators should have the opportunity to test their greatest ideas and explore many options before choosing a final path. When successful projects emerge, Knight Foundation can help them scale.

    Browse through funded projects, our FAQ and apply now