“Since its founding, the Community Foundation Boulder County has worked to build a stronger Boulder by connecting residents, helping them understand key community issues," says Lynn Ross, Knight Foundation vice president for community and national initiatives.
The foundation's role as community resource, convener and connector
Specifically, Ross is referring to the Community Foundation's role as a local resource, convener and connector in advancing inclusive, meaningful civic engagement – such as the national Knight Cities Challenge.
"As a partner to the Knight Foundation, the Community Foundation plays an essential role in carrying out our vision for city success, acting as our on-the-ground eyes and ears and propelling the impact of our investments,” added Ross.
Helping to represent Boulder among the 26 cities where Knight invests in more vibrant places to live and work, the Community Foundation promotes the Knight Cities Challenge locally every year. Last year's Boulder winner of a Knight Cities grant was #TreeOpp, an art- and furniture-making project that – in collaboration with local nonprofites – teaches woodworking skills to homeless residents using trees felled due to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Learn more.
Overall, the challenge seeks new ideas from innovators who will take hold of the future of our cities. This year's deadline for applications is November 3. Learn more and apply.