NBCUniversal Looking for DFW Nonprofits Making Tech-based Social Impact

NBCU's Project Innovation is currently accepting applications for the chance to receive $225,000 in funding for local nonprofits.


Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofits will benefit from a new transformative technology grant program from the NBCUniversal Foundation.

Over the next two years, the foundation and NBCUniversal-owned Television Studios will partner to donate $5 million to nonprofits around the country as part of Project Innovation. The grant program will recognize nonprofits that use “technology and innovation to solve everyday problems in their communities,” according to NBCUniversal. 

Nonprofits operating in the 11 markets throughout the U.S. with NBC and Telemundo stations are eligible to apply. 

In North Texas and other areas, $225,000 in grants will be split between three to eight local organizations. 

Eligible organizations must have an annual operating budget that’s more than $100,000 and fall under one of Project Innovation’s grant categories:

  • Igniting Civic Engagement: stimulates community involvement through volunteer work, preferably focused on media and technology
  • Skills for Digital Economy: promotes jobs and advanced skill training, which allow individuals to prosper in a technology-driven workforce
  • STEM/STEAM Youth Programming: empowers and educates students in kindergarten through 12th grade for future careers in science, technology,engineering, art, and math 

Project Innovation builds upon NBCU’s previous grant program, 21st Century Solutions, which donated $6 million over five years to local nonprofits, according to the company. In 2016, the contest awarded Girls Inc. of Tarrant County with $50,000 to create programs focused on encouraging young Latina and African American girls to pursue a STEM-based education. 

The deadline to submit applications for the 2018 Project Innovation grant is Feb. 2. Following two competitive rounds, the NBC 5 (KXAS-TV) selection panel will notify the North Texas recipients in March.

For more information on how to apply, visit NBCU’s website.

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