Applications are being accepted for the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia right here  through Oct. 15.

We believe the arts can engage and enrich communities and that your ideas can make an impact. That’s why the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing $9 million in innovative arts ideas. To date, 71 ideas have been awarded $5.4 million.What can these ideas look like? The possibilities are endless, and no idea is too large or too small. There are only three rules for the challenge:

  1. Your idea must be about the arts.
  2. Your project must take place in or benefit Philadelphia.
  3. You must find funding to match Knight’s commitment, within a year.

Finalists for the challenge will be announced in early 2013; those projects will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal. Winners will be announced in the spring. Want to stay up to date on Knight Arts initiatives? Have a question about the challenge? Be sure to like Knight Arts on Facebook and follow @KnightArts on Twitter.

Or, read through the archived web chat with Knight staff on the challenge, now available here:  www.knightarts.org/philly-chat.

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, street crowd. Photo by George Feder.

10 Responses to “Less than 1 week left to apply for the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia”

  1. gina gruenberg says:

    If applying for the Knight Grant with other individuals, is it permissible to
    apply in two categories? For example: sculpture and performing arts.
    Each category would have different groups.

    • Tatiana Hernandez says:

      Hi Gina, Thanks for the great question.

      Each application can apply to only one category. If you’re submitting multiple applications, pick the category that best fits the proposed project.

      Hope that helps!

  2. carlos sanchez says:

    I’m interested in this program. Want to know if my concept would be accepted by Knights Arts Challenge?

    I have a commercial space that I want to convert into a cafe with featured Philadelphia artist display on wall in front of space. The rear space I want to use for yoga, dance, martial arts.

    Want to hire artist to work cafe and teach yoga, dance, martial arts classes.
    If this is a concept that would qualify please inform…

    Best regards,

    Carlos Sanchez


    • Marika Lynch says:

      Hi Carlos, thanks for writing, glad you’re interested. The Knight Arts Challenge has just three rules: the project must be about the arts, take place in or benefit Philadelphia and the winner must find funding to match Knight’s grant. If your idea fits, go ahead and apply – it just takes a few minutes. Best of luck, Marika

  3. Nakia Tabas Battle says:

    GOD BLESS YOU! I think this is a wonderful program. Would you guys give to a Christian Sketch Comedy Idea? With all the shootings and deaths that are taking place in our city, I believe that people need a good laugh. It won’t be just for Christians but for EVERYONE. By “Christian” Sketch Comedy, I mean NO cussing, No degrading! Just good clean fun and comedy. Is this idea even worth the time of an entry?
    Thank you for your time regardless

  4. Can the project take place in a suburb of Philly?

    • Marika Lynch says:

      Hi Ramana, As long as the project takes place in or benefits Philadelphia, it’s eligible.

  5. Hello, I wanted to know if the project has something to do with a building that was recently purchased, will there be a way to work with the developer?


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