The Knight Foundation will start accepting project submissions Tuesday for its new Green Line Challenge. The foundation wants to hear from anyone who has an idea for how to make St. Paul neighborhoods along the Green Line light rail route more vibrant and distinctive. Officials expect to award grants ranging from $1,000 to $75,000 over the next three years. It's committing $1.5 million in all to the challenge.
Judges will evaluate the proposals on how they benefit and strengthen diverse communities, promote local economic activity and enhance the quality of life along the Green Line. The foundation is hosting four community events to answer questions about entering the contest.
The deadline to apply is July 24.
Disclosure: Minnesota Public Radio and the Metropolitan Council are negotiating ways to reduce noise and vibrations from the newly built light rail line outside MPR headquarters under a contract agreed to in 2009.