Knight Arts Challenge Grant Deadline Set For March 4

About a week and a half is left to apply for the Knight Arts Challenge, which awards major grants for “cultural projects that engage and enrich Greater Miami,” meaning Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and/or Monroe counties.

The deadline is before midnight March 4 to make an application, but the process is much easier than for most grants. The key is simply to write a single paragraph, about 150 words, explaining the meat of the project. There are just three rules:  Projects must be about the arts, take place in or benefit South Florida and match Knight’s funding. Applicants can be individuals, non-profit or for-profit groups. Reviewers look for artistic excellence and ways the project will engage the public.

About 60 to 70 finalists will be chosen from those applications.  A second round  of applications requiring more detailed information including a budget will be prepared with the advice of the Knight staff. Then 30 to 50 projects will be selected for funding.

The challenge is a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which has invested more than $86 million over the past six years in both arts institutions and grassroots projects as a way to weave culture into people’s everyday lives. The Knight Foundation recently renewed the contest through 2015. Started in 2008, the challenge has funded 143 projects for close to $20 million. Past winners have stretched from Delray Beach to Homestead.

Help and advice is available through the foundation. For  more information and to apply, visit and see a video at

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