Knight Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Knight Foundation supports journalism, the arts and the cities where its parent company once published newspapers.

IP TAKE: The Knight Foundation’s K-12 funding stems from its arts and communities initiatives. It supports arts education and community programs in the communities where its parent company published newspapers. This funder accepts letters of inquiry and proposals through its online system.

PROFILE: The Knight Foundation was founded in 1950 by newspaper publishers John S. and James L. Knight in Akron, Ohio. Currently based in Miami, Florida the foundation supports journalism, the arts and communities where the Knight newspaper chain once published newspapers.

Funding for K-12 education stems from the foundation’s community and arts initiatives. One grantee, the Embrace Music Foundation, provides afterschool music instruction for underprivileged students in Miramar, Florida. In Michigan, the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corp., used funding to provide a summer arts program for underserved teens in Detroit. The Knight Foundation also partnered with Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to organize a successful children’s book fair.

The Knight Foundation prioritizes the cities where its parent company published newspapers and their surrounding communities: Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan; Macon, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Jose, California and St. Paul, Minnesota. It also partners with foundations in 18 other geographic areas in the U.S. Profiles of the Knight Foundation’s grants are available on its website.  

The foundation accepts letters of inquiry and proposals through its online application system.  

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