The Knight Foundation believes that great public spaces can transform cities by fostering civic life, drawing people out of their homes and into the community, and encouraging neighbors to be together and interact.
To that end, the foundation is seeking applications for the inaugural Knight Public Spaces Fellowship. Through the program, a total of $1 million will be awarded to a small group of select fellows with an exemplary track record of crafting public spaces that create opportunities for civic engagement. Grants can be used for innovative, flexible projects and will be distributed over two years. Fellows will be selected from a national pool of candidates working within a wide variety of sectors, including urban design, planning, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, government, technology, programming, and policy. Through the program, fellows will receive financial support, mentoring, networking opportunities, and public exposure.
To be eligible, candidates must have created or influenced the creation of a great public space or spaces that resulted in community transformation and possess the following attributes: a trackable performance record of exceptional public space work; a demonstrated commitment to the value of public spaces in advancing civic engagement and building stronger communities; and the potential to make significant new contributions to the use of public space in the community.
Self-nominations will be accepted.
An informational webinar about the new program will be held March 5, 2019.
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