By Ally Freeman
New grants are now available for cities interested in funding ‘open government' projects. The Knight Foundation has just launched its News Challenge, which supports media innovation by funding innovative ideas in news and information.
The challenge aims to strengthen communities through data and technology usage, and make public information more accessible, relevant and useful. Successful applications will receive a share of $5 million in funding to support their proposal. In addition they will receive assistance from the Knight Foundation's network of peers and advisors to advance the projects.
Emulating its own model of ‘open government,' all submissions are posted online, where the public can comment or ‘applaud,' any submissions. In addition, the Knight Foundation has a team reading online applications as they come in, who will make application suggestions prior to the final deadlines. For this reason, cities are encouraged to submit proposals as soon as possible to receive feedback.
Cities can apply for challenge grants through March 18, 2013. Potential applicants are encouraged to read this recent Knight blog post for tips on creating a successful application.
Details: For more information on The Knight Foundation's News Challenge, please visit: https://www.newschallenge.org/.