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Emerging City Champions 2019

Project Objective

The Emerging City Champions is a fellowship program for young civic innovators with creative solutions to complex urban challenges. The program is designed to empower people who see opportunity in urban challenges, and who are committed to creating change to enhance their communities.

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  • Date: 2019
  • City: The program is open to applicants in 26 U.S. cities
  • Funding provided by: Knight Foundation

Emerging City Champions, a program supported by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and powered by 8 80 Cities, is now accepting applications for its 2019-2020 fellowship, which provides young civic innovators with seed funding, leadership training and practical tools to launch transformative projects to enhance public space, urban mobility or civic engagement in their city.

The Emerging City Champions fellowship is open to applicants between the ages of 19 and 35 with project ideas that take place in or benefit one of the 26 communities where Knight invests. Past projects have ranged from beehives to jukeboxes, mentorship programs to murals, block parties to storytelling bike tours.

The competition closed on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Thank you to all who submitted their applications. Successful applicants will be awarded $5,000 for their project, attend an immersive four-day learning experience, and receive ongoing mentorship, networking, and capacity building opportunities. Visit emergingcitychampions.org for more information.  

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