Knight Green Line Challenge

The new Green Line is here, connecting the diverse neighborhoods between the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis! Now, Knight Foundation is looking for great projects that will make Central Corridor neighborhoods in St. Paul even more vibrant places to live, work, play and visit.

The Knight Green Line Challenge seeks ideas from innovators who aim to build a more successful St. Paul.

Applications are now closed for 2015. Please check back in 2016 for information about the final year of the challenge.

The Green Line brought with it the potential to better connect and energize the neighborhoods and businesses it serves. As part of St. Paul’s urban core it also offers the opportunity to benefit the city as a whole and contribute to its growth.

Over three years, we are inviting applicants to share their ideas for making St. Paul more vibrant.

We are looking for ideas from civic innovators of all kinds: individuals, nonprofits, businesses and governments. You can be a student, social worker, teacher, architect, entrepreneur, technologist, activist, artist, business owner, professional, urban planner, or community member—anyone is welcome to apply.

There are just two rules: 

  • Proposed projects must take place in and benefit at least one of six St. Paul neighborhoods along the Green Line: Downtown St. Paul, Frogtown/Thomas-Dale, Hamline Midway, St. Anthony Park, Summit-University or Union Park. 
  • Ideas must tap into the potential of the Green Line to create impact in one or more of these three key areas:
    • Exciting current residents and attracting newcomers to the Central Corridor
    • Expanding economic opportunity and breaking down divides
    • Strengthening the culture of civic engagement

The challenge aligns with Knight’s larger goals to invest in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement. The foundation believes that designing places to achieve these goals is crucial to city success.

The Green Line Challenge builds on Knight’s leadership in co-founding the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, an initiative that brings together diverse groups across sectors to increase opportunities and benefit communities along the new light rail line. The Challenge is sponsored by Knight Foundation and managed by The Saint Paul Foundation.


The Challenge is sponsored by Knight Foundation. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit

The Challenge is managed by The Saint Paul Foundation. Since 1940, thousands of generous individuals committed to the Saint Paul area have made charitable gifts to The Saint Paul Foundation. Today, the Foundation is the state’s largest community foundation. Guided by the legacy of its earliest donors, the Foundation helps donors achieve their charitable giving goals and have long-lasting impact in the community. The Foundation is an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Learn more at and

Community Outreach Partners

Thank you to the partners who are helping spread the word about the Knight Green Line Challenge!

African Economic Development Solutions
Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation

Creative Enterprise Zone
District Councils Collaborative
Midway Chamber of Commerce
Springboard for the Arts

St. Paul Riverfront Corporation
Transit for Livable Communities