Knight Foundation commits $5M to fund 32 projects that seek to make cities more vibrant

A foundation is awarding grants to 32 innovative projects working to improve cities, totaling $5 million in funding.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is announcing Tuesday that the Knight Cities Challenge will award grants in 12 cities from more than 7,000 proposals. The program was announced in September 2014.

The winning projects range from combating blight in Detroit to installing porch swings in public places in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In Detroit, one group will receive funding to create a "Brand Camp" to help create compelling brands and websites for businesses in underserved neighborhoods. In Miami, the foundation will fund a Science Barge that holds a floating sustainable farm. And in Philadelphia, an Immigrant Innovation Hub will give entrepreneurs low-cost space to help revitalize neighborhoods.