Knight Cities Challenge 2016

Funding Opportunities, News and Upcoming Events

What’s Your Best Idea to Make Gary and Fort Wayne More Successful?

This past year, the Delta Institute was awarded $385,000 from the Knight Foundation’s Cities Challenge to establish a facility in Gary, IN that would deconstruct and reclaim building materials from vacant homes that were past the point of no return.

In partnership with the City of Gary, the Steel City Salvage pilot program aims to keep reusable material out of city landfills, redirect those materials for use in projects in and around Gary, and create local jobs in the process.

Once again, the Knight Foundation’s Cities Challenge is seeking applications from across the nation that will help make their 26 cities more vibrant places to live and work. Knight will award grants from a pool of $5 million for innovative and effective ideas that focus on talent attraction/retention, economic opportunity development, and community engagement.

While ideas can come from anyone, located anywhere, they must benefit one or more of the aforementioned 26 Knight communities. In Indiana, these would be either Gary or Fort Wayne.

The application process is currently underway and concludes at noon ET on Thursday, November 3, 2016. Don’t worry if your idea isn’t presentation ready.  The initial application asks just three primary questions about your idea that should be answered in 100 words or less.

For more information and how to apply, please visit


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