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Apply Now for Knight Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Relief Grants (United States)

Apply Now for Knight Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Relief Grants (United States)

Deadline: 09-Oct-20

The Community Foundation of North Florida (CFNF) has released a Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the long-term grant awards to help nonprofit organizations support their new operating model resulting from COVID-19.

The Knight Foundation is a national foundation that invests in journalism, the arts, and success of communities where John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers.

What Knight Funds
Knight supports Tallahassee’s work in revitalizing its downtown and bordering communities in order to attract and retain talented people (ages 24-35) and promote economic opportunity. Knight invests in Tallahassee’s core city vibrancy by supporting projects in smart design, the arts and entrepreneurship.

Funding Information

The funds awarded during the first round of grants provided short-term relief and totaled $174,500. The new grant cycle will provide long-term relief for local non-profits and to projects and initiatives that meet the Knight Foundation’s community investment strategy. The balance of the pledged amount available for this grant award cycle totals $150,841.
Focus Areas

For long-term relief support, Knight Foundation has a preference for:

Organizations that help inform and connect during the pandemic;
Projects/initiatives that meet the Knight Foundation’s investment strategy to fund the arts, journalism, and/or to foster an informed and engaged community.
Community Foundation of North Florida Announces 2019 Knight Foundation Grant Awards

Supporting six projects encouraging a vibrant community and promoting economic opportunity

Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency – Capital Cascades Trail Social Spaces is created to inform the development of social spaces as a critical component of the Capital Cascades Trail expansion. This project supports the revitalization of downtown, the attraction and retention of Tallahassee’s large population of neighboring young talent at FSU and FAMU, and the investment of private and nonprofit enterprises supporting the arts and entrepreneurship. This funding is for year two of a two-year project grant.

City of Tallahassee – City Farm Tallahassee is an innovative community project that will transform blighted properties in the heart of Tallahassee’s food desert into economically viable and accessible sources of locally grown food. This project will promote environmental and social health through underutilized, vacant site redevelopment and will provide entrepreneurship training and new economic opportunities through a certification program. This funding is for year one of a two-year project grant.
Goodwood Museum & Gardens builds on community visioning to revitalize underutilized space into a destination featuring fun and interesting programming that engages the mind and body. This project will pilot programming including activating a historic roller skating rink and expanded hours of operation which will enable Goodwood Museum & Gardens the opportunity to experiment with place and process to develop a sustainable model based upon community engagement, investment and partnerships.

KCCI -The Village Square’s Community Visioning Process will create a solid strategic plan to improve community connectivity and placemaking. The process will build a road map to guide Tallahassee/Leon County in utilizing the most innovative approaches and partnerships, thus enriching our local economy and residents. Engagement includes a stakeholder workshop, a speaker event and smaller community-energizing and engagement sessions hosted in homes, churches, book clubs, the Longest Table and other community spaces. This funding is for year one of a two-year project grant.

Leon County Government – Library Services is proposing a multi-city/state tour to examine best practices of public library systems and will explore how other communities have strategized to maintain and increase the relevancy of libraries.

South City Foundation – will help shape the transformation of Tallahassee’s South Side by educating and building a coalition of neighborhood students and providing the opportunity for them to engage in conversations about the decades-long lack of investment in the neighborhood in addition to addressing the current sentiments of fear of gentrification and displacement as well as building trust. Key activities include creating a Neighborhood Leadership Council, hosting a series of focus group stakeholder meetings for the purpose of gathering information from local residents regarding their hopes and dreams for the community and hold public meetings to share the design vision. This funding is for year one of a two-year project grant.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) public charity or tax-exempt government entity. Your organization may only submit one (1) application. Grant dollars may only be issued to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or government entities. We are unable to issue grants to individuals.

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