The has announced grants totaling $4.3 million in support of three projects aimed at increasing civic engagement in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The recipients include , which was awarded $2.11 million — $2 million of that for an endowment — to build attractive public spaces, recruit volunteers to plant and care for city trees, and expand its marketing and staff development efforts; and the , which will receive $1.6 million in support of its efforts to renovate the historic Carolina Theatre at Belk Place and transform it into a space for civic engagement. The third recipient, , was awarded $500,000 for technology and lab equipment upgrades at the James L. Knight School of Communication's Knight-Crane Hall.
"This investment in Knight-Crane Hall moves the James L. Knight School of Communication into its critical next phase and furthers our reputation for leveraging new technologies to civically engaged ends," said the school's dean, Eric Freedman. "The goal for the Knight-Crane Hall is to build an instructional space, a community space, and a research and development space to bring students, community members, and community leaders together to engage in collaborative, holistic problem solving, with a focus on digital media literacy, access, and inclusion."