ST. PAUL (June 20, 2014) — The Knight Green Line Challenge opens for applications beginning June 24.
The Challenge seeks projects that make St. Paul neighborhoods along the new Green Line more vibrant places to live, work, play and visit. The Challenge is part of a three-year, $1.5 million commitment from Knight Foundation to further advance community development in St. Paul’s Central Corridor.
Any individual, business or nonprofit can apply. The only requirement is that the project must take place in and benefit at least one of six St. Paul neighborhoods along the Green Line: Downtown St. Paul, Frogtown/Thomas-Dale, Hamline Midway, St. Anthony Park, Summit-University or Union Park.
Applications are accepted from June 24 to July 24, 2014. The Saint Paul Foundation will administer the challenge. The application and related information is available at www.knightgreenlinechallenge.org.
Four community Q&A sessions are planned during the application period where Knight Foundation staff will be on hand to answer questions about applying for the Challenge:
• The Dubliner Pub, 2162 University Ave W, St. Paul, on June 25, 8:30 a.m.
• Hamline Midway Library, 1558 W Minnehaha Ave, St. Paul, on June 30, 5:00 p.m.
• Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 N Dale Street. St. Paul, on July 8, at 6 p.m.
• Bedlam Lowertown, 213 East Fourth St., St. Paul, on July 10, at 5 p.m.
The community Q&A sessions are free and open the public, but reservations are encouraged at www.knightgreenlinechallenge.org/key-deadlines.
“The new Green Line brings with it the potential to better connect people, places and ideas,” said Carol Coletta, Knight Foundation Vice President of Community and National Initiatives. “We want to build on that energy and the work already underway in the Central Corridor by supporting projects rooted in the community, primed to contribute to its success.”
The Knight Green Line Challenge is Knight Foundation’s newest effort to invest in the success of St. Paul. Knight has provided $64 million in support to the St. Paul community since 1977. The Green Line Challenge builds on Knight’s leadership in co-founding the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, an initiative that brings together diverse groups across sectors to build opportunity and benefit communities along the new light rail line. In January 2014 Knight also announced major new funding for the arts in St. Paul, including an expansion of the Knight Arts Challenge.
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. www.knightfoundation.org
Since 1940, thousands of generous individuals committed to the Saint Paul area have made charitable gifts to The Saint Paul Foundation. Today, the Foundation is the state’s largest community foundation. Guided by the legacy of its earliest donors, the Foundation helps donors achieve their charitable giving goals and have long-lasting impact in the community. The Foundation is an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Learn more at saintpaulfoundation.org and mnpartners.org.