An invitation is out for anyone with ideas to increase the vibrancy of living and working in such places as Myrtle Beach.
Applications are accepted through noon Nov. 3 at knightcities.org for the Knight Cities Challenge, a national initiative in its third year by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Ideas are sought for the 26 cities where the foundation’s namesakes once owned newspapers, including Columbia and Charlotte, for shares in a planned disbursement of much as $5 million in grants.
Any of three components are sought in each submission: talent, for attracting and retaining people; opportunity, for widening economic potential through new connections and breaking down barriers; and engagement, to trigger alliances and civic participation.
Anybody anywhere, from all walks of life and professions, as well as local government personnel and nonprofits, is encouraged to apply.
Completing an initial application is easy, without the need for professional grant writing; however, conveying the proposal, its feasibility in the intended locale, and an overview of who will carry out the project, are vital points. Each grant period will span 18 months, and prior winners also eligible to applications for other initiatives.
Announcement of finalists is expected at the end of January.
Find out more details through:
▪ Introductory webinar, 3:30-4:30 pm. Tuesday (rescheduled from Oct. 6) – Pre-register at kfevents.webex.com.
▪ Myrtle Beach information session with Charles Thomas, the Knight Foundation’s program director, at a time and place to be announced for Oct. 20.
Knight Cities Challenge winners included three Charlotte in 2015 and 2016 each, one of which was a $28,000 grant for “Porch” Swings in Public Places, entailing installation of the city’s signature porch swings in various spots.
For more information, reach the foundation, based in Miami, at 305-908-2600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.