Knight Foundation Announces Tech for Engagement Grants

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.3 million to four nonprofits through its Tech for Engagement Initiative.

The grants will support technology projects that are experimenting with ways to connect people with each other and take action on issues they care about. Since 2010, the Knight Foundation has awarded $10 million in support of twenty-four projects through the initiative.

The recipients of the latest round of grants are CEOS for Cities, which was awarded $590,000 to develop the next iteration of its Change By Us platform; Good360, which received $250,000 to develop an online product-donation marketplace that enables communities to build capacity and engagement;, which was awarded $236,000 to expand its app-based efforts to engage people to do more for their communities and as citizens; and the Participatory Politics Foundation, which received $225,000 to add new functionality to its site.

Knight also announced the release of a new report, Digital Citizenship: Exploring the Field of Tech for Engagement, which provides a snapshot of technology projects designed to bolster civic engagement, explores key challenges, and offers recommendations for the field.

"While billions are spent working to sustain or invent the next Google or Facebook, there are relatively few dollars flowing into how to improve the kind of active democracy that builds our communities," said Knight Foundation vice president for strategic initiatives Paula Ellis. "We need more tools with a civic purpose, and technologists with a passion for community, to help deliver on the promise technology has for our everyday lives."

"Knight Foundation Invests $1.3 Million in Technology That Empowers Communities." John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Release 10/02/2012.