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The NBCU Foundation Announces 2018 Project Innovation Grant Winners

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April 09, 2018

Comcast NBCUniversal is committed to driving creativity and helping organizations use technology to develop solutions to everyday challenges in our communities. As part of this commitment, The NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC and Telemundo Owned Stations launched Project Innovation, a new competitive grant challenge, earlier this year to support non-profit organizations that are embracing technology and innovation to develop new community solutions.

The Foundation and NBC and Telemundo Owned Stations are proud to announce that a total of nearly $2.5 million in Project Innovation grants were presented to 62 non-profits during the program’s inaugural year. The winning organizations were selected by the stations for their outstanding programs that leverage technology to solve everyday problems in the areas of civic engagement, skills for the digital economy and STEM/STEAM youth programming. Locally, the stations awarded up to $225,000 in Project Innovation grants to a maximum of eight qualified non-profit organizations in each of their markets including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, and Hartford.

The 2018 Project Innovation grant winners feature organizations that are using mobile technology to mobilize young Latino voters, social media to crowdsource city-wide solutions, hands-on training to help individuals with Autism gain competitive work opportunities, and are providing real-life work experiences to youth in technology/media and STEM fields to prepare them for successful careers, among others.

Here is a list of all 2018 Project Innovation winners categorized by market:

Southern California: NBC4 Southern California, Telemundo 52

InnerCity Struggle for “Relay Program”

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation for “Talent Development Pipelines”

Community Partners Fiscal Sponsor of Las Fotos Project for “The Last Fotos Project’s Hire Her”

Working Wardrobes for a New Start for “Veteran Information Technology Training” 

Two Bit Circus Foundation for “STEAM Lab” 

P. F. Bresee Foundation for “Teen Tech Center”


New York: NBC 4 New York, Telemundo 47

Red Hook Initiative for “Digital Stewards”

Urban Arts Partnership for “School of Interactive Arts”

Masa-Mexed, Inc. for “Robotics for Tomorrow’s Leaders”  


Chicago: NBC 5, Telemundo Chicago

Project Exploration for “Youth-Science Pathways”

Code Platoon for “Code Platoon”

Mikva Challenge Grant Foundation for “Linking Youth Policy-Makers with Digital Media Advocacy”

True Star Foundation for “Interactive Digital Studio”

Lumity for “STEM Program”


Philadelphia: NBC10, Telemundo 62

Hopeworks ‘N Camden Inc. for “Recode Your Future”

String Theory Schools for “Particle Accelerator”

Tech Impact for “ITWorks”

Support Center for Child Advocates for “Digital Lockers for Older Foster Youth”

LiveConnections for “What’s Going On”

Y W C A of Bucks County for “TechGYRLS”


Dallas/Fort Worth: NBC 5, Telemundo 39

Junior Players Guild for “Junior Players Digital Media” 

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity for “Dallas Habitat Homeownership Center”

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas for “STEM Center of Excellence Program”

Meals-on-Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County for “Meals-on-Wheels Smartphone App”

The Artist Outreach for “STREAMliners”

Solar Car Challenge Foundation for “Solar Car Challenge Education Program”


Washington, D.C.: NBC4 Washington, Telemundo 44

Arcadia Food, Inc. for “Farm from a Box”

Community Youth Advance for “CYA Summer Academy”

Manna Food Center for “Community Food Rescue”

Covenant House Washington for “Workforce Readiness Program”

TFS Innovative Cohort Model for “TFS Afterschool Program”

Community Bridges, Inc. for “Makerspace Program


San Francisco Bay Area: NBC Bay Area, Telemundo 48

TalkingPoints for “TalkingPoints Parent-Facing Mobile App”

Girls Incorporated of Alameda County for “SMART! BUILD IT! EUREKA! – A STEM/STEAM program for Girls”

ScholarMatch for “Virtual Destination College Programming” and “ScholarMatcher Platform”

Womens Audio Mission for “Girls on the Mic”

Oakland Digital Arts and Literacy Center for “BridgeGood Design Jobs and Tech Skills for Creatives”

Young Womens Christian Association of Silicon Valley for “Curated Pathways to Innovation”

Turn 2 U, Inc. for “The Last Mile Program Development and Expansion Learning Management System”

Centro Community Partners for “Micro-Enterprise Creation and Wealth Builder Program for Underserved Entrepreneurs”


Boston: NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston

ICivics for “Civics in Action”

Latino STEM Alliance for “K-8 Robotics Programming”

Year Up for “Employment Training Program for Opportunity Youth”

The Children’s Museum for “Tech Kitchen”


Miami/Fort Lauderdale: NBC 6,  Telemundo 51

The Miami Foundation for “100 Great Ideas Campaign: Building a Sustainable and Resilient City”

Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman JFS of Broward County, Inc. for GJFS’ Volunteer Program

Museum of Discovery and Science for “APP-titude”

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science  for “MY SLR”


San Diego: NBC 7, Telemundo 20

Alzheimers San Diego for “AlzCompanions”

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Training Center for “Sophie’s Gallery Art Program E-Commerce Site and Tech Training”

Environmental Health Coalition for “Citizen Scientist Air Monitoring”

California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc. for “Hack the Rez”

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for “Advancing Girls in STEM”

National Foundation for Autism Research for “NFAR Tech” 

OASIS Institute for “Technology Fair for Older Adults”

BioCom Institute for “San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering Week”


Connecticut: NBC Connecticut, Telemundo Connecticut

Children’s Museum for “Early STEAM (ESTEAM) After School Program” 

EdAdvance – Enhancing Youth STEM Engagement through Digital Media Arts

Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership– LEAP: Learning to Code Program

New Britain Youth Theater– Technical Theater Education Program

Connecticut Public Broadcasting– Institute for Advanced Media – Veterans Vocational Training Program

West Haven Child Development Center– Leveraging Technology in Early Childhood Education

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