The Knight Cities Challenge: New Ideas for Successful Cities

legacy-foundation-logoThe Knight Cities Challenge seeks new ideas from innovators who will take hold of the future of our cities.

From a pool of $5 million, Knight Foundation is looking to award grants at the city, neighborhood, and block level, and all sizes in between.

We are looking for fresh ideas that focus on one or all of these three key drivers of city success: attracting talented people, expanding economic opportunity, and creating a culture of civic engagement.

No project is too small — so long as your idea is big.

For those who want to learn more please attend an in-person community event:

October 23rd at 1:00 pm
Purdue University Calumet
Center for Innovation, Simulation and Visualization Theater
Powers Building, Main Campus
Hammond, Indiana

October 28th at 4:00 pm
Gary City Hall
401 Broadway
Gary, Indiana

October 29th at 6:30 pm
Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, Miller Beach Arts and Creative District
540 S. Lake Street
Gary, Indiana

October 31st at 2:00 pm
Ivy Tech Community College
1440 East 35th Street
Gary, Indiana
Featuring Carol Coletta, VP of National and Community Initiatives, Knight Foundation

The Challenge:
From October 1 to November 14 we are accepting applications at The initial application will be easy to complete. You don’t have to be a professional grant writer.

We’re looking for projects both big and small – but your idea has to be big. Don’t just tell us what you want to create, tell us how it will help your city, your neighborhood, or your block succeed.

The challenge has just two rules:
A submission may come from anywhere, but the project must take place in or benefit one or more of the 26 Knight communities.

The idea should focus on one or more of the 3 key drivers of city success:
Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep the and brightest.
Opportunity: Ideas that create economic prospects and break down divides.
Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement.