Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Knight News Challenge on Elections

This grant will provide additional award money for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's 2015 News Challenge on Elections. The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners of the Knight News Challenge on Elections receive a share of more than $3 million in funding as well as support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas.

Why We Invested

A collaboration between the Democracy Fund, Knight Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation and the Rita Allen Foundation, the challenge offers more than $3 million to identify how can we better inform voters and increase civic participation before, during, and after elections.This partnership represents a unique opportunity to work with leading peer funders to support new and promising ideas from people across the media, technology, and election administration fields. We hope to see ideas and collaborations from civic technologists, state and local election officials, academics, students, startups, nonprofits, governments, and individuals.

Knight Foundation’s blog elaborates on this unique News Challenge focused on elections: “We are looking for innovative ideas ranging from new ways that news media and others can inform voters, to making access to essential registration and polling information available, to making voting easy, efficient and fair, to converting election participation into longer-term civic engagement, on the local, state or national level.”

How to Get Involved

  1. Follow #newschallenge hashtag on Twitter.
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