Knight Arts Challenge FAQ


The Knight Arts Challenge is an open call for projects that bring  Detroit together through the arts.

Knight Arts Challenge FAQs are also available in Spanish, Creole, Arabic and Hmong.


  • When will the application period open?

  • What are the rules?

  • Can only nonprofit organizations or educational institutions apply?

  • Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

  • Do you have to be at least 18-years-old to apply?

  • Do I or my organization have to be based in Detroit?

  • What’s the difference between the application and a “full proposal?”

  • How many applications may I submit?

  • How much money can I ask for?

  • Can I add attachments to my initial idea?

  • Do I have to have a letter of support if my idea is contingent on another organization or partner?

  • How can I gain an edge in my application?


  • What’s a “challenge grant?”

  • What do you mean by “find other funding to match” the foundation’s gift?

  • Can the matching funds be my own money or existing money from within my organization?

  • At which point must the funding match be made?

  • Is it always a $1 to $1 match?

  • Does Knight help me raise matching funds?


  • What’s considered ART?

  • How do I know if my proposal fits your idea about art or innovation?

  • What are Knight’s funding priorities?

  • Who reviews my entry?

  • Can I still apply if my project is just an idea?

  • When will winners be announced?

  • How soon will we hear back with a decision on our applications?

  • If my proposal is not accepted, will I know why?

  • If I have won before, can I apply again?

  • Where can I find information on past winning ideas?

  • I’ve read through the FAQ. How can I learn more insights into the challenge?

  • I’ve applied several times but have not been invited to submit a full proposal. What can I do to make my idea more competitive?

  • Who do I contact if I have questions?

Needs tips on applying? Watch Adam Ganuza provide them during a 2017 event in Detroit.