WHAT WE FUND
Knight supports informed and engaged communities where the Knight brothers owned and operated newspapers. We believe an engaged community is one in which people are attached to the place where they live and are invested in the community’s future. Learn more through our Statement of Strategy.
In Macon, Knight seeks to ensure a downtown for all to live, work and engage. Our grantmaking in Macon is currently focused on implementation of the community-driven Macon Action Plan (MAP). We prioritize urban core–based initiatives, which create employment opportunities (particularly with BIPOC-owned businesses), generate affordable housing options and draw audiences in support of unique Macon assets in downtown. We believe that vibrant, authentic and diverse communities are key to thriving economies.
Knight also invests in arts and culture as a way to connect people to place and to one another. Investing in arts and culture is central to Knight’s effort to build stronger, better-informed and more engaged communities, which are critical for a more effective democracy. Learn more about Knight’s Arts program.
Since 2017, Knight has invested more than $13 million in the revitalization of Macon’s urban core. Recent investments include supporting NewTown Macon’s entrepreneurial programs and CDFI staffing, revitalization of the Beall’s Hill neighborhood, digital communications for the Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve Initiative, 1:1 matches of Macon Bibb ARPA funding to support affordable housing options in downtown and activating creative technology for Macon’s Bicentennial Celebration in 2023.
Macon Program Staff
Macon Community Advisory Committee Members:
Rob Betzel, EOS Worldwide; Justice Verda Colvin, Georgia Supreme Court; David Danzie, Synovus Bank; Susannah Maddux, Macon Magazine; Charles Olson, 1842 Inn; Josh Rogers, NewTown Macon
Knight Macon Office:
830 High Street
Macon, GA 31201
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