Two Michigan organizations will benefit from the Knight Foundation's effort continued its quest to fill a growing void of news.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced Jan. 13 that 24 projects will receive $4.3 million.
From the press release:
(Mary Ann here: The seven counties in this southeastern Michigan are: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties.)Recipient: Community Foundation for Southeast MichiganProject: GreenSpace
To encourage support for creating more livable communities, this grant will develop an information hub for the seven-county region of southeast Michigan that will inform residents about how to be good stewards of the area’s natural resources.
The “GreenSpace” project will bring together all the available information on the topic – benefitting anyone from a family searching for a place to hike or bike, to a resident advocating for more parks and recreation and a government official developing land use policy. The hub will encourage users to contribute content and share links to information, helping to nurture leadership and action on important issues.
Details on the other projects are posted on the Knight Foundation's web site.
Recipient: Michigan’s Children, a partner of The Skillman FoundationProject: KidSpeak Neighborhood News
As a way to boost involvement in Detroit issues, this grant will help create a multi-media youth news service, where student reports will focus on neighborhoods and schools.
Close to 40 percent of Detroit’s population is functionally illiterate, and many Detroit parents lack a high school diploma – creating obstacles to their children’s success. Also, many low-income families don’t have the Internet access that could bring them vital information about their communities.
Engaging families by providing opportunities for their children to create high quality content will help fill the communications gap, bring young voices into public debate and empower residents and communities to create positive changes.