Here's How It Works
We are elevating new voices in city building and supporting bold projects that strengthen communities. We are looking for future city leaders with creative solutions to promote more engaged communities within the following categories:
Downtown and Neighborhood Revitalization
The fellowship is open to U.S. residents aged 18-35 with an innovative project idea and the drive to see it through in one of Knight Foundation's 8 resident communities. Applicants may be activists, educators, tactical urbanists, designers, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. We want diverse voices with fresh perspectives, talent, and commitment to building vibrant neighborhoods and cities.
1 Year. $5, 000 + $500 tech bundle
Champions will receive $5,000 in seed funding to implement one community project in one year. Each champion will also receive a $500 tech bundle to support their project activities. We are looking for projects that respond to community needs, build on local assets, and are implemented through collaboration. Projects must address public space, mobility, and/or civic engagement challenges in the community, and must be based in one of the 8 resident communities where Knight Foundation has offices.
This year, Knight Emerging City Champions will kickoff with an in-person KECC Studio in Toronto, Canada that will equip participants with the tools they need to begin implementing their community projects and connect them with champions across the U.S.
The KECC Network
Champions join a supportive and inspiring network of their peers from across the country. Participants receive ongoing mentorship from experts in diverse fields such as planning, design, communications, technology and more. 8 80 Cities and Knight Foundation will expose participants to opportunities for additional funding, professional growth, and support.
Are You Eligible?
Stayed tuned for updates on the 2024-2025 application period.
From past champions