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About the Knight Foundation


Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. The Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight Brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation′s goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which they believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit


The Community Foundation accepts grant applications through the Knight Foundation Fund, a component fund at the Community Foundation. Please read the information below to learn more about the Knight Foundation Fund′s goals and objectives and the application process. The Knight Foundation Fund is able to invest approximately $200,000 in Tallahassee each year. There is no maximum or minimum limit on the amount for which you may apply, however, grant amounts typically range between $5,000-$25,000.


Knight supports Tallahassee′s work in revitalizing its downtown and bordering communities in order to attract and retain talented people (ages 24-35) and promote economic opportunity. Knight invests in Tallahassee′s core city vibrancy by supporting projects in smart design, the arts, and entrepreneurship.


Applicants to the Knight Foundation Fund must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Good standing as a not-for-profit with the Florida Secretary of State’s office;

  • Currently exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and classified as organizations to which contributions are deductible under Section 170(c)(2), or normally a public charity under Section 509(a); and

  • Doing the work described in the application in the Tallahassee downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.

We are unable to make grants to individuals. Each applicant must be an organization meeting all of the eligibility requirements set forth above.


To apply for funding, please submit the Letter of Inquiry which can be accessed from the link below. Letters of Inquiry will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout each calendar year. All interested applicants must submit this document electronically via email to Once submitted, you will receive a return email acknowledging our receipt of your submission. 

Your organization will receive notification within 60 days as to whether you will be invited to submit a full proposal. Actual requirements will be provided after selection and notification.

For more information about the Knight Fund grant opportunity, please contact Emily Fulton at or (850) 222-2899.

Knight Foundation Grant Recipients