Knight Foundation awards more than $160,000 in grant money to Wichita groups

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded $165,724 in grant money to three Wichita organizations.

The Wichita Public Library Foundation will receive $98,470 for Mindmixer software. The grant, along with the Gates Foundation “Geek the Library” campaign, is to help with community dialogue in shaping a new downtown library.

Mirror Inc., a nonprofit corporation that provides substance abuse, correctional and community health and human services to people in need, will receive $49,309 to help the group’s Priority Project develop more downtown Wichita activities and events for Wichita’s youth. The grant will also help youth by encouraging them to shape the city’s future.

The Knox Center received $17,945 to help shepherd the Neighborhood Networks Cooperative in providing the interaction and technology to record and preserve the cultural history of early Wichita.

Each year, the Knight Foundation invests in communities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers, including The Wichita Eagle.

The grant money will be administered through the Wichita Community Foundation.

In a news release, Wichita Community Foundation president and CEO Shelly Prichard said: “Knight is strategically working at multiple levels in the community to insure the people of Wichita have the information they need to make informed decisions about their lives.”