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Acres of Diamonds: The Story of the Knight Arts Challenge in Detroit from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

STATUS UPDATE:  The Knight Arts Challenge Detroit is now closed for applications. Finalists will be announced later this spring. Winners will be announced in the fall.

You’re here because, like us, you believe the arts are the highest form of human expression. They describe beauty, speak to our soul, engage and enrage. They celebrate our community’s diversity and etch our shared experience. The arts inspire.


It’s your turn to inspire Detroit’s vibrant local arts scene and enrich the city’s neighborhoods.

The Knight Arts Challenge Detroit is a $9 million initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to engage and enrich the community through the arts.  Whether you’re an independent artist, business, established arts institution, organization or individual – we want to hear from you.

No idea is too large or too small, as long as it follows three basic rules

  1. Your idea is about arts.
  2. Your project takes place in or benefits Detroit.
  3. You find other funding to match Knight Foundation’s grant.

You will have approximately one year from the time you receive the grant to match our funding.  If it is a multi-year project, you will have about a year to match each year’s grant amount.

The initial, two-question, 150-word applications were accepted online March 16 – April 13.  Winners will be announced in the fall.

Finally, read the  FAQ and see a catalog of all past challenge winners in Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia and St. Paul.



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