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Project Innovation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States
for Creative Solutions to Everyday Problems

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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NBC and Telemundo owned stations and Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation

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Deadline Date:

02/14/20 7:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations in multiple states served by the Funding Source for innovative approaches to problem-solving. Funding is intended to promote a culture of inclusion, create the next generation of storytellers, support youth education, and encourage community engagement. The goal of the program is to support high-impact programs that create change in communities by solving existing problems or emerging social issues in new ways.

Organizations location in the following Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC and Telemundo markets are eligible to apply: San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Dallas Fort-Worth, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, South Florida, Southern California, and Washington, D.C.

Project Innovation Grant Categories:

  1. Culture of Inclusion: Programs that encourage equitable access, opportunities, and resources for traditionally underrepresented communities.
  2. Next Generation Storytellers: Programs that promote access and develop pathways for emerging talent, diverse voices, and underrepresented youth to explore careers in arts, news, sports and entertainment.
  3. Youth Education: K-12 in-school and out-of-school programs that equip youth with the tools they need to succeed, including STEM/ STEAM education.
  4. Community Engagement: Programs that enable individuals to engage and volunteer in their communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182854

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

3 - 8

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The address listed on the organization's 990 must be located within one of 11 participating NBC and Telemundo owned television station designated market areas (DMA) to apply for a Project Innovation grant.

Eligibility Requirements:
- Organization must be a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
- Fiscally sponsored organizations are eligible.
- The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization must have an annual operating budget of more than $100,000 (defined by the organization's most recent 990).
- The program/project being submitted by the organization must have been in existence and in operation for at least one year.
- Organization must not have received funding (through donations or otherwise) from Comcast NBCU or an affiliate in an amount equal to or exceeding $10,000 per year during each of the past three (3) years. This includes Comcast Community Impact partners (including, but not limited to, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, City Year, Easter Seals and The Arc).
- Project Innovation will only award one grant per Tax ID number, across all eleven markets. If your organization shares a Tax ID number, please coordinate internally as only one application across all markets will be accepted for consideration as a finalist for a grant.
- The NBC and Telemundo Owned Television Station's Project Innovation grant program supports high impact, innovative programs that are creating change in our local communities by solving existing problems or emerging social issues in new ways.

The following organizations are not eligible to apply:
- Labor Organizations, Causes or Programs
- Political Organizations, Causes or Programs
- Religious Organizations, Causes or Programs
- Schools, Educational Institutions and their affiliated fundraising entities and foundations (including elementary, secondary and universities). Fiscally sponsored schools are not eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information webinar will be held on January 22, 2020, at 1:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada). Please join to learn more about the Project Innovation grant program.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted beginning January 10, 2020 until February 14, 2020 at 7:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Judging consists of two rounds of evaluation. In round one, an initial review panel will assess the proposals and select the top finalists based on the most innovative programs, overall strength of the application as well as other criteria. The finalists will proceed to round two, where the local NBC and Telemundo stations' selection panel will identify between three (3) and eight (8) winners in each participating market.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California;   Connecticut: Hartford;   Florida: South Florida;   Illinois: Chicago;   Massachusetts: Boston;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania: Philadelphia;   Texas: Dallas-Fort Worth;   Washington, DC

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