About the Program
There are only four eligibility requirements:
- Applicants must be 19-35 years old at the time they apply.
- Applicants must be able to travel to Canada from July 26 to 31, 2019 (the ECC Studio takes place from July 27 to 30). This requires that you have a valid passport.
- Applicants must implement their community project in one of the 26 communities where Knight Foundation invests.
- Applications must include a multimedia submission that describes their project (blog post, video, slideshow, poster, etc.)
Participants will receive:
- An immersive experience at the Emerging City Champions Studio in Toronto, Canada to develop leadership and project management skills such as stakeholder engagement, budgeting, and storytelling. All travel expenses are covered by the program.
- $5,000 (USD) in seed funding to implement a community project.
- Ongoing support and mentorship from city building experts.
- Access to a national network of peers and community leaders.
- Opportunities to be publicly recognized and promoted by 8 80 Cities and Knight Foundation.
Your project should:
- Be implementable within 12 months.
- Be innovative, with an emphasis on addressing existing community needs.
- Be managed and led by you, but developed through community collaboration.
- Be affordable to implement and free for the public to enjoy.
Yes, we encourage applications for both new and existing projects. If your project is already underway, your application should demonstrate how your participation in the program will help you scale up or advance the goals of your current work.
Each champion is required to:
- Attend the Emerging City Champions Studio in Toronto, Canada in July 2019.
- Implement (at minimum) one community project.
- Participate in ongoing networking and skill-building opportunities.
- Submit regular project updates via blog posts, videos, or other media content.
- Submit a final report to summarize progress and accomplishments. This report can take various media forms (i.e. video, blog post, posters, etc.).
Emerging City Champions is a year-long program, running from July 2019 to July 2020.
20 champions will be selected to participate in the program.
Each champion will receive a $5,000 (USD) grant to implement their proposed idea or project.
No. You do not need to raise matching funds to qualify for the Emerging City Champions program.
Internal Revenue Service regulations on private foundations define some items that Knight Foundation can and cannot fund. We are prohibited from making grants:
- to carry on propaganda, or otherwise attempt to influence legislation (as explained in Internal Revenue Code 4945(d)(1));
- to influence the outcome of any specific public election, or to carry on a partisan voter registration drive (directly or indirectly) (as explained in Internal Revenue Code 4945(d)(2)).
Intellectual property developed using Knight Foundation grant funds generally needs to be released to the public under an open-source license. We make exceptions in a limited number of cases; the criteria are spelled out in Knight Foundation's intellectual property licensing policy.
About the Application
The online application opens on April 8, 2019. The competition closes at 11:59 pm (EST) on May 12, 2019. Late entries will not be considered.
Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on the strength of the project idea and its potential to enhance civic engagement, improve mobility, and activate public life in public spaces. Finalists will be scored against three criteria: impact, innovation, and capacity.
All applications must include a multimedia submission that communicates the following: 1) what your project idea is, 2) how your project idea is innovative and impactful, 3) who will benefit, and why your community needs this project. You are free to use any digital format (blog post, video, slideshow, poster, etc.) as long as it is shareable online. The submission must be readable/viewable in five minutes or less.
You may submit as many ideas as you would like.
8 80 Cities and Knight Foundation will select the champions in partnership with a review panel of past program participants and city building experts.
All applicants will be informed about the status of their application in early June.
We are looking for people with new ideas and fresh perspectives on civic challenges. This program is for talented people with potential who are ready to take their city building work to the next level. We have a preference for individuals who have already demonstrated impact in their community but who may need new training and networking opportunities to meet their potential.
No, but your project needs to be carried out in one of the 26 communities where Knight Foundation invests. You’ll need a local partner if you’re not based in a Knight community.
No. Applicants may apply independently, or in affiliation with non-profit, for-profit, and/or government entities.
Yes. Applicants must be aged 19-35 at the time they apply.
We will be selecting individuals, not groups or pairs, to participate in the program.
Yes. Prior funding does not affect eligibility for the Emerging City Champions program.
Yes. We encourage you to reapply if you still meet the eligibility requirements.