How the 2016 Emerging City Champions Will Help Transform Communities

This post was originally published in the Knight Blog, the blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

One year ago, 8 80 Cities and Knight Foundation began an experiment in city building called the Emerging City Champions Fellowship. We selected a group of young civic innovators to implement creative solutions to challenges in cities, such as civic engagement, urban mobility and creating vibrant public spaces. We provided $5,000 in seed funding, ongoing inspiration and support, and a one-year deadline for the fellows to launch their own transformative project.

Today, we are happy to report that the Emerging City Champions experiment surpassed all expectations. The young change makers who participated in this program established new organizations, created pop-up public spaces, fostered community and broke barriers. In fact, the program was so successful that we’re doing it all over again.

The 2016 Emerging City Champions fellowship program will launch on March 28, 2016. The deadline for applications is April 15. Interested innovators can submit online proposals at

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