Knight News Challenge: Libraries

Posted by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation on March 14, 2016

Knight Foundation Invites Submissions to Knight News Challenge: Libraries

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the opening of its $3 million Knight News Challenge, a competition designed to surface ideas that address the evolving role of libraries in the digital age.

The challenge seeks to uncover new ways to extend and strengthen the role of libraries as essential spaces for people to learn, acquire information, and exchange ideas and perspectives. Anyone anywhere in the United States can participate by providing a brief answer to the question: How might libraries serve twenty-first century information needs?

The platform enables conversations across projects and allows applicants to refine their ideas based on user comments and suggestions. In April, with the input of expert reviewers, Knight will select a group of semifinalists, to move to the next stage of the challenge, where they will be asked to provide more information about their ideas.

Winning projects have the chance to receive funding of approximately $35,000 to $500,000 over a period of six months to two years.

The challenge is open to anyone, from public libraries to universities to businesses, nonprofits, and even individuals who have never innovated in the library space. Applicants must be based in the United States, however.

Visit the Knight Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.


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