The first ever Knight Cities Challenge seeks to make 26 communities around the United States more vibrant places to live and work via the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Anyone is eligible to apply, but projects must take place in one of the 26 Knight communities linked above, and ideas should focus on one or more of three key drivers in the city: engagement, talent, and opportunity. Community information sessions will be held in multiple Knight communities for individuals with questions about the application process. Applications are due November 14. For more information, see the Knight Cities Challenge’s How it works Web page.
A fund of the George W. Bush Foundation, the mission of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is to help school libraries encourage and foster a love of reading, support student learning, and make books and reading materials available to students who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. Grants of up to $7,000 are available to school libraries to diversify, update, and expand book collections where 85% or more of students qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Schools serving preK-12th grades in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible. This includes reservation, private, charter, parochial, public, city, state, and county schools, as well as special, social services, or juvenile detention center schools in any of those areas. For complete information and to begin an application, please see the Foundations Application Web page. The deadline for applications is December 15.