The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation seeks to provide substantial, multiyear support to establish or accelerate the growth of dedicated centers of study focused on the role of information in our democracy and the changing conditions of an informed society.  

The Request for Proposals describes our aims and provides guidance for this undertaking. We encourage applicants to think expansively.

This form requests information for initial consideration. Additional details will be requested of finalists later this year or early in 2019. While the fields below specify general areas of interest, we encourage you to structure responses according to how you wish to describe your current and proposed work. We are most interested in your vision and ambition, and seek to provide general guidance in advance of assessing proposals.

Please reach out to ask questions and discuss key issues in advance of submitting a proposal. Email Sam Gill, VP/Communities & Impact at Knight Foundation, at, to arrange a time to speak. General inquiries can be sent to, and we will respond promptly. 

Preliminary applications are due December 1, 2018. 

Knight Foundation