Program Areas

We support informed and engaged communities through four program areas.

All Funding Opportunities

We fund the majority of projects through open challenges. Don't see a match to your idea?

  • arts

    Knight Arts Challenge

    The Knight Arts Challenge seeks the best ideas in Detroit, Miami, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Akron, Ohio, that authentically represent these communities. The challenge is currently closed for 2017 and we will announce winners this fall.

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  • technology

    Knight News Challenge

    The Knight News Challenge funds breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive funding—and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisers to help advance their ideas. The challenge is currently closed.

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  • communities

    Knight Cities Challenge

    What’s your best idea to make cities more successful? The $5 million Knight Cities Challenge seeks new ideas from innovators who will take hold of the future of our cities. The challenge is now closed.

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  • communities

    Knight Community Information Lab

    Now more than ever, communities need quality information to make decisions about the issues they care about. The Knight Community Information Lab will help foundations get to the heart of the information gaps in their community – and use human-centered design training to develop long-term solutions with the input of local residents.

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  • journalism

    Journalism 360˚ Challenge

    This is an open call for ideas using immersive storytelling to discover new ways to engage audiences and advance the field of journalism. Knight Foundation, Google News Lab and the Online News Association are partnering to launch an open call for ideas, offering up to $35,000 in funding to test, refine and build out a project.

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  • arts

    Community Arts Grantmaking

    From May 1 – June 16, 2017, the program is seeking proposals from people and organizations in four cities: Charlotte, Macon, Georgia, Philadelphia, and San Jose, California. We are looking for artistic endeavors that demonstrate one or some of the following characteristics: artistic excellence, authenticity and inclusion and technological innovation.

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  • journalism

    Knight Prototype Fund Open Call

    Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund, and the Rita Allen Foundation believe informed communities are indispensable to a healthy American democracy. We are launching an open call for ideas to address concerns about the spread of misinformation and build trust in quality journalism.

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