McKnight Emerging City Champions


McKnight Foundation

How Would You Transform Your City?

Emerging City Champions is a fellowship and funding program for young civic innovators with bold ideas to enhance public space, mobility, and civic engagement. This program is powered by 8 80 Cities and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Here's How It Works

We're elevating new voices in city building and supporting bold projects that strengthen communities. We are looking for future city leaders with creative solutions that:

  • Activate public life in public spaces
  • Enhance mobility options
  • Build a culture of civic engagement

20 Champions

The fellowship is open to anyone with an innovative project idea and the drive to see it through in one of Knight Foundation's investment communities. Applicants may be activists, educators, tactical urbanists, designers, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. We want diverse voices with fresh perspectives, talent, and commitment to building vibrant neighborhoods and cities.
Meet past champions

1 Year. $5,000.

Champions will receive $5,000 in seed funding to implement one community project in one year. We are looking for projects that respond to community needs, build on local assets, and are implemented through collaboration. Projects must address public space, mobility, and/or civic engagement challenges in the community, and must be based in one of the 26 cities where Knight Foundation invests.

A Four-Day Experiential Studio

The first stop for program participants is the Emerging City Champions Studio in Toronto, Canada. The four-day Studio equips participants with leadership training and practical tools to implement their community project. Champions participate in site tours, workshops, networking events, and engaging presentations by city building experts. All travel expenses are covered by the program.
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The ECC Network

Champions join a supportive and inspiring network of their peers from across the country. Participants receive ongoing mentorship from experts in diverse fields such as planning, design, marketing, and more. 8 80 Cities and Knight Foundation will expose participants to opportunities for additional funding, professional growth, and support.

Are You Eligible?

  • Applicants must be 19-35 years old at the time they apply.
  • Applicants must be able to travel to Canada from July 26 to 31, 2019 (the ECC Studio takes place from July 27 to 30).
  • Applicants must implement their community project in one of the 26 communitieswhere Knight Foundation invests.
  • Applications must include a multimedia submission that describes their project (blog post, video, slideshow, poster, etc.)

Find out more:

Get in touch:
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Opportunity Opens

Friday, Apr 19th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Sunday, May 12th 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists