New Knight Foundation effort: $5 million in grants to improve St. Paul and other cities

The Knight Foundation’s latest challenge is an offer of $5 million in grants for ideas that will make St. Paul and 25 other cities around the country “more vibrant places to live.”

There’s a meeting Monday, 4 p.m., at the Rondo Library, 461 Dale St., St. Paul, to explain the challenge.

The Knight Foundation has recently selected winners in its Knight Arts Challenge and the Knight Green Line Challenge.

Now it is looking for what it calls “ideas that help cities attract and keep talent; opportunities that create economic prospects and break down divides; and ideas that spur connection and civic engagement.”

These ideas could come from anywhere, but must be targeted for St. Paul or one of the other 25 cities where Knight once owned newspapers. Duluth and Grand Forks are also included.

They’re looking for innovation from neighbors, architects, activists, city planners, entrepreneurs, students, educators, city officials, other public entities, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Organizers say Monday’s meeting at the Rondo Library:

“…will offer information on the goals of the challenge, tips on preparing applications, and a chance to talk to Knight staff on how to craft a great submission. Polly Talen, St. Paul Program Director for Knight Foundation will be speaking. Many potential applicants are expected to attend, and press is invited.”

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