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 II. Knight News Challenge

The Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund, Hewlett Foundation and Rita Allen Foundation are collaborating on the latest Knight News Challenge to answer this question: How might we better inform voters and increase civic participation before, during and after elections.

For this challenge, Knight is looking for ideas and projects that better inform and inspire voters, as well as make the election process more fun and accessible for individuals.

There are no specific projects in mind, and the contest is open to anyone, from journalists, students, civic technologists, and academics, to news organizations, businesses, nonprofits, governments and individuals.

However, the challenge will not fund projects involving voter registration, lobbying or advocating for specific parties, initiatives or candidates.

Winners — there will be more than one — will split more than $3 million.

The challenge opens February 25 and submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on March 19. Winners will be announced in June.