On January 12, the NBCUniversal Foundation in partnership with NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations launched Project Innovation, a grant program focused on local non-profits that are leveraging technology to solve everyday problems. The program will award grants totaling roughly $5 million over the next two years.
This effort follows on the heels of the NBCUniversal Foundation’s 21st Century Solutions grant challenge, which awarded $6 million over three years. The current challenge is focused on 11 markets across the United States – the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas-Ft. Worth, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, South Florida, Southern California, and Washington, D.C.
Interested applicants have until 11:59 pm on February 2, 2018 to apply. Candidates will be judged in one of three categories:
- Igniting Civic Engagement: Programs that provide or expand opportunities for individuals to engage and volunteer in their communities, especially those that – in this digital age – leverage media and technology.
- Skills for the Digital Economy: Programs that support middle-skills jobs training, adult career employment and readiness for advanced skills development programs in an effort to close the gap between education, income and prosperity in local communities.
- STEM/STEAM Youth Programming: Programs that support K-12 youth education by encouraging and training the next generation of workers for advanced careers in STEM or STEAM fields.
To learn more about the Project Innovation grant challenge, or past recipients of NBCUniversal Foundation grants, visit the NBCUniversal webpage.