About the Knight Neighborhood Challenge
Thanks to a $5 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Macon took a major step toward revitalizing the College Hill Corridor. The grant included $3 million for the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, which was administered by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. This five-year program underwrote the best ideas to transform the city’s first neighborhoods into a vibrant college town connected by leafy roads and bike paths to Macon’s downtown. This grant funded creative, transformational ideas for the Corridor from organizations and individuals. A broad-based program, the Challenge funded the best ideas – small and large – that gave College Hill a sense of place, spruced up its parks and public spaces or enhanced the arts and entertainment scene. The effort aimed to get people involved in College Hill through an array of civic and cultural projects.
The goal of the Knight Neighborhood Challenge was to invest in ideas to restore the land use and social fabric of the College Hill neighborhood, to reawaken the soul of the community through active participation in a wide array of community arts, cultural and sports activities, and to connect us to one another through digital and traditional information gathering/sharing channels.