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June 16, 2010

Front Porch Forum Wins Knight News Challenge Grant

Michaelwoodlewis_3 Wow — Burlington-based Front Porch Forum just snagged a $220,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge. FPF was one of 12 innovative media projects that received $2.74 million in the latest round of awards.

For the uninitiated, FPF connects neighborhoods via email news digests written by and for neighbors. The service is already available in Chittenden County, and in several other Vermont towns — 38 in all. According to the Knight News Challenge press release, FPF founder Michael Wood-Lewis plans to use the grant money to expand throughout the state.

Congratulations, Michael!

Photo credit: Andy Duback, from Seven Days' first FPF story, in 2006.

Thanks Cathy. Any Vermonters interested in signing up for FPF can check this newly expanded list of 38 towns that we serve...

And tell your Vermont friends and relations!

"Congratulations, Michael!"

I second that. FPF is in invaluable community binding agent, and nobody deserves a grant more than Michael Wood-Lewis.

It's amazing how much more and how much better I know my neighbors and my neighborhood, due to FPF. More than a tool, it's a whole new channel for local information.

Great things come to those who wait (and to those who work their tails off for the greater good!)- Way to go Michael, Valerie and crew!!!!

Only the best from St.Albans!

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