The MacArthur Foundation is offering $100,000 for “fresh ideas on democracy.”

For its new digital media challenge, Looking@Democracy, the foundation is embarking on a national search for “short, provocative media submissions” that focus on the role of government in our lives. The project is a joint operation between the foundation and the Illinois Humanities Council. The first-prize winner will receive $25,000, with the remainder of the $100,000 pot distributed to runners-up. Criteria for acceptable submissions is deliberately vague, but the foundation encourages independent media makers, investigative journalists, artists and others to submit. Deadline is April 30, 3 p.m. Eastern time.

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