In 11 select markets, a total of $3.475 million in grants will be awarded to nonprofits that are helping to move their communities forward. “These organizations are vital to our communities and they need and deserve our support,” says Valari Staab, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations president.
The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations (NBC/Telemundo owned stations), announced their Project Innovation competitive grant challenge will return for a fourth consecutive year.
In 11 markets, a total of $3.475 million in grants will be awarded to nonprofits that are helping to move their communities forward through programs that are fostering a culture of equity and inclusion, encouraging individuals to participate and volunteer in community engagement initiatives, helping to shape the next generation of storytellers and providing youth with the tools they need to succeed across multiple disciplines including entrepreneurship.
“Local nonprofits have had the double challenge of having to cancel or substantially change their traditional fundraising activities at the same time that the need for their services skyrocketed,” says Valari Staab, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations president.
“These organizations are vital to our communities and they need and deserve our support.”
Project Innovation 2021 markets are: New York (WNBC, WNJU), Los Angeles (KNBC, KVEA), Chicago (WMAQ, WSNS), Philadelphia (WCAU, WWSI), Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS, KXTX), Boston (WBTS, WNEU, NECN), Hartford, Conn. (WVIT, WRDM), Washington (WRC, WZDC), Miami-Fort Lauderdale (WTVJ, WSCV), San Francisco (KNTV, KSTS), and San Diego (KNSD, KUAN).
Project Innovation 2021 Grant Categories
- Community Engagement: Programs that enable individuals to engage and volunteer in their communities.
- Culture of Inclusion: Programs that encourage equitable access, opportunities and resources for traditionally underrepresented communities.
- Next Generation Storytellers: Programs that promote access and develop pathways for emerging talent, diverse voices and underrepresented youth to explore careers in news, entertainment, sports and the arts.
- Youth Education and Empowerment: In-school and out-of-school programs that equip youth with the tools they need to succeed, including STEM/ STEAM education and youth entrepreneurship.
Since 2018, the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC/Telemundo owned stations in 11 markets have presented $7.425 million in Project Innovation grants to 199 nonprofits that are solving everyday problems in communities through their one-of-a-kind programs. To see the list of Project Innovation winners for 2020, click here.
Here are some examples of nonprofits which have been given Project Innovation grants in the past:
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