Monday, May 11, 2015

Knight Foundation Grant: Prototype Fund

The Knight Foundation has grants up to $35,000 available for projects that "help media makers, technologists. and tinkerers take ideas from concept to demo." Public libraries are increasingly taking on these services - to create media, offer technology, and space and/or tools for tinkerers to build their ideas.
Knight Foundation Logo
Knight Foundation logo

The types of ideas that are accepted are "a broad spectrum of ideas related to media, data and information. We [Knight Foundation] are interested in any new models or technology to inform communities." This is something that public libraries do, and will continue to do. As a key part of the community, being a gathering place for people of all ages, and often the main source of internet connectivity, public libraries are in the position to create and offer these new models to the communities. For those libraries that have an idea and are looking for ways to get it started, this grant is a great opportunity to take an idea and bring it to life.

This grant opportunity closes on Friday, May 15, 2015. The application for submission is located on this web page. More information on the Prototype Fund Grant is located here.

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team