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Innovative Arts Ideas Invited for Second Annual Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge

A program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight Arts Challenge – Philadelphia is a three-year, $9 million initiative designed to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to transform the community through the arts. The challenge is open to everyone, from established arts institutions, to independent artists of all types, to businesses and service organizations. In the program’s first year, the foundation awarded $2.7 million to thirty-six winners representing a broad spectrum of the community.

The challenge invites ideas of all sizes; no idea is too large or too small. The program has three simple rules: the idea must be about arts; the project must take place in or benefit Philadelphia; and 1:1 matching funds are required. Projects will have approximately one year from the time a grant is received to match Knight funding.

The contest is open to applicants of all nationalities and of all ages. If a minor wins, the award will be made to his or her parents or legal guardian. A grant may also go to an organization that agrees to work with individuals under the age of 18 without charge.

An initial brief application must be received at the Knight Arts Challenge Web site by October 31, 2011. Visit the Web site for complete program information, application tips, answers to common questions, and information on last year’s winners.

Link to Complete RFP

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