Knight Cities Challenge:  Opportunity for Aberdeen

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What could you do for the Aberdeen community if you had $200,000?  How about $500,000?  The Knight Cities Challenge is a grant program geared towards innovators and community leaders who are interested in making their communities a better place to live.  This challenge is open to anyone with big ideas and the ability to realize them in any of the Knight partner communities.  These are communities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers and did business.  For South Dakota, Aberdeen is that community. 

The important thing to remember about this challenge is that no project is too big, or too small.  There is a $5 Million pool available for grants to all Knight communities, so the possibilities that exists for Aberdeen are great.  You’ll need to explain how your projects will help Aberdeen and how you will bring your project to fruition.  Applications become available on October 10th, and close at noon EST on November 3, 2016.  Your idea must focus on one of three key priority areas of the Knight Foundation:

TALENT: Ideas that help cities attract and keep talented people.

OPPORTUNITY: Ideas that expand economic prospects by breaking down divides and making new connections.

ENGAGEMENT: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement.


The challenge is open to anyone who may be able to create something great for Aberdeen. The Knight Foundation board of trustees will review applications and make final decisions by January 2017.   To find out more, or to apply, visit knightcities.org.