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Knight Foundation Invites “Game-changing” Library Ideas

knight.jpgEach year, any number of exciting award and grant opportunities are aimed at public libraries and Friends of the Library. As you’ve doubtless noticed, some are rather niche in their focus – not to mention specific with their eligibility requirements. Well, the Knight Foundation is trying something a little different.

As part of their “Knight News Challenge: Libraries,” the foundation is conducting an open call for ideas focused on advancing libraries so that our favorite public institution is better equipped to “serve individuals and communities in the twenty-first century.” The competition is open to Friends, other non-profits, libraries themselves – really, anyone with innovative ideas on how to improve the library world.

Select applicants will receive support from the Knight Foundation to help make their dream a reality. Assistance ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 will be provided to the winners. In total, up to $3 million may be awarded!

At this first stage of the “Knight News Challenge: Libraries” contest, they do not ask for a budget request. (This occurs during the second review phase, with selected semifinalists.)

It’s as simple as that! If you have a game-changing idea, submit it online any time between now and Monday, March 21. Visit the Foundation’s website to do so – and for further program details.