Last year, WCAU and WWSI, the NBC and Telemundo affiliates in Philadelphia owned by NBC, awarded $225,000 in grants to local nonprofits as part of their Project Innovation initiative, which is beginning its third year. As the stations get ready for this year, see how nonprofits benefitted from the grants in 2019.
NOTE: Last year, WCAU and WWSI, the NBC and Telemundo affiliates in Philadelphia owned by NBC, awarded $225,000 in grants to local nonprofits as part of their Project Innovation initiative, which is beginning its third year.
Where does the money go, who gets it and what do these non-profits do with the grants?
At the bottom of this column, after I share the announcement about this year’s Project Innovation grant challenge, I thought you’d want to see last year’s winners to give you some idea of how important a program like this is to the community. So look for the videos about last year’s winners after the announcement.
WCAU and WWSI are presenting their Project Innovation grant challenge in the Greater Philadelphia region for a third consecutive year when grant applications open on Jan. 10.
Applications can be previewed online by clicking here.
Who’s eligible? Local nonprofit organizations that are helping to move communities forward by fostering the next generation of storytellers, are encouraging a culture of inclusion for underrepresented communities, providing youth with the tools they need to succeed across multiple disciplines and are nurturing a culture of volunteerism and engagement in communities, are encouraged to submit a Project Innovation grant application beginning Jan. 10. Grant applications close on Feb. 14.
The stations and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation will together award a total of $225,000 to a maximum of eight local community organizations in Greater Philadelphia, in May 2020.
“The Project Innovation grant is more than just funding — it’s an opportunity for nonprofits to help communities by thinking outside the box with innovative programming,” said Ric Harris, WCAU-WWSI general manager.
And as impressive as this project has been for Philadelphia, keep in mind that Project Innovation grants are also available in the following markets that are serviced by a NBC/Telemundo owned station: New York (WNBC, WNJU), Southern California (KNBC, KVEA), Chicago (WMAQ, WSNS), Philadelphia (WCAU, WWSI), Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS, KXTX), Boston (WBTS, WNEU, necn), Hartford, CT (WVIT, WRDM), Washington, D.C. (WRC-TV, WZDC), Miami-Fort Lauderdale (WTVJ, WSCV), San Francisco Bay Area (KNTV, KSTS), and San Diego (KNSD, KUAN).
Here are last year’s Project Innovation winners from Philadelphia:
In 2019, a $30,000 grant was given to WHYY Inc.’s Media Labs for its program that provides schools with equipment and knowledge to integrate digital media-making into students’ learning.
Last year, a Project Innovation grant of $40,000 was given to Dress for Success Central New Jersey for its program Designing Your Future, an eight-week program job training women entering or reentering the workforce.
Cooper Ferry’s Partnership was awarded $55,000 for “A New View,” which aims to turn vacant lots in Camden that are now the sites of illegal dumping into homes for art.
The Legal Clinic for the Disabled’s Medical-Legal Partnership won $50,000 for its work integrating legal services into medical settings, making legal assistance easier to access for people with disabilities.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights won $40,000 to create its Mouthful Podcast, featuring student-written monologues that serve as the starting point for larger conversations about social and cultural topics.
Delaware Museum of Natural History was awarded $10,000 for the Underserved Education Initiative, which provides quality science and nature education to teachers, students and community organizations in economically disadvantaged areas.
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