Knights Cities Challenge opens in Columbus to improve the city

Knights Cities Challenge opens in Columbus to improve the city

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Do you have an idea to help Columbus succeed? The Knights Cities Challenge is calling on innovators of all types!

Now in its third year, the national challenge is an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The challenge seeks new ideas to make Columbus and the 25 other communities where Knights invest more vibrant places to live and work.

Winners will receive a share of up to $5 million and become part of a network of civic innovators. Funding will be granted at all levels from small to large amounts.

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 3 at The challenge has two main guidelines:

  1. A submission may come from anywhere, but the project must take place in or benefit one or more of 26 Knight communities
  2. The idea should focus on one or more of three key drivers of city success:
  • Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep talented people
  • Opportunity: Ideas that expand economic prospects by breaking down divides and making new connections.
  • Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement.

The challenge is open to anyone from anywhere: neighbors, architects, activists, artists, city planners, entrepreneurs, students, educators, city officials, as well as governments and organizations.

If you have questions about the challenge click here to register for a virtual webinar scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. and  click here for the webinar scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28 from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. ET.

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