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Knight Foundation Fund - Milledgeville

Deadline: March 31, 2016



The Knight Foundation Fund was established at the Community Foundation in 2002 by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, Knight Foundation is one of the country’s largest private foundations. As part of its Communities Program, Knight Foundation uses endowed Donor Advised Funds at local community foundations to make investments in the 26 communities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight owned newspapers. Knight Foundation’s goal is to use this national network of learning to inspire the actions of residents in each of its communities and help us all build a better democracy and a successful future.

The Knight Foundation Fund makes grants of approximately $75,000 annually in Milledgeville and Baldwin County. Representatives of charitable organizations interested in applying for a grant from the Fund are encouraged to speak with staff members of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia rather than directly with Knight Foundation. Grants made from the Knight Foundation Fund are legally grants from the Community Foundation, which works with Knight Foundation to select grantmaking opportunities.

What projects and ideas does the Fund support?
The priority area of interest of the Knight Foundation Fund is to foster informed, engaged communities in Milledgeville and Baldwin County, Georgia. Informed and engaged communities are places where the largest possible number of people have the opportunity to belong, care and take action in their own true interests.

Specifically, the Knight Foundation Fund supports the success of communities through investments that attract, retain and harness talent; that expand opportunity by increasing entrepreneurship and economic mobility; and that support civic infrastructure to accelerate the growth of ideas and bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together.

Knight Foundation Fund’s framework for grantmaking includes three areas:

1.    Talent: We invest in projects that find, attract and retain talented people – residents, immigrants and entrepreneurs – and help them get connected or reconnected to their communities. These projects will help drive economic growth, job creation and neighborhood revitalization.

2.    Place: We invest in projects that accelerate talent and opportunity – projects that:
Connect assets and people.
•    Attract and retain talent.
•    Foster economic integration.
•    Result in a change that can be felt in the near term.
•    Incorporate quality design and new tools or technologies.
•    Respond and are authentic to the community.
•    Are sustainable.
•    Leverage public and private partners and enhance market potential.
3.    Civic Innovation: We invest in innovation in governance and civic capacity. Promoting civic innovation and robust engagement will enable communities to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

What critical questions will be asked of a grant proposal?
Does this investment:
•    Represent a true innovation? Have the ability to be breakthrough or transformative?
•    Accelerate learning and the exchange of ideas?
•    Have a champion equipped to execute the project?
•    Have a path toward sustainability or completion?
•    Promote retention and attraction of talent?
•    Enhance opportunity and economic mobility?
•    Incorporate opportunities for robust citizenship and/or engagement?
•    Result in a change that can be seen or felt in the near term?

What organizations are eligible to apply for a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund?
Applicants to the Knight Foundation Fund must be:
•    In good standing as a not-for-profit with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office;
•    Currently exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and classified as organizations to which contributions are deductible under Section 170(c)(2), normally a public charity under Section 509(a).
•    A government entity with an innovative project within the scope of the Knight Foundation Fund’s grantmaking framework that benefits the community.

To apply:
Please click the apply button above. This will take you to our online application portal where you will need to register as a Grant Applicant. Once you are registered you will need to complete the application online. 

Where should questions regarding the Knight Foundation Fund be directed?
Any questions concerning the Knight Foundation Fund and the application process should be directed to the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, at 478-750-9338 ext. 104 or by email.