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NBCU supports nonprofits creating positive change in local communities

May 12, 2020

The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division are awarding Project Innovation grants to 69 organizations in 11 markets that are using innovation to tackle everyday problems and urgent COVID-19 needs in their communities. 

Launched in 2018, Project Innovation supports qualified nonprofit organizations that are using innovation to advance communities in the areas of storytelling, community engagement, culture of inclusion and youth education. The non-profit organizations selected as Project Innovation 2020 grant recipients all exhibited flexibility with their programming and will use their funding to deliver services and programs that address the needs of those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Project Innovation applications opened on January 11 and closed on February 15. The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC and Telemundo owned stations in participating markets reviewed applications virtually beginning March 2020. 

After a thorough evaluation process, NBC and Telemundo owned stations located in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Hartford, awarded up to $225,000 in Project Innovation grants to a maximum of eight non-profit organizations in their markets for a total of $2.475 million awarded across all markets. 

“This year’s grant winners are on the ground and know what our communities’ needs are. Our grant funding will help provide support to those who need it right now,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations.  

“Our grant program is set up to amplify the already great work that non-profits are doing to help their communities. We are certain that our 2020 Project Innovation grant winners will do all they can to support their neighbors, particularly during this very challenging time,” added Jessica Clancy, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, NBCUniversal.

Below is a full list of the 2020 Project Innovation grant winners categorized by market: 

NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48


Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties



Oakland Promise

Hunger At Home



Asian Health Services



Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin

Pacific Community Ventures



Southern Alameda County Comite for Raza Mental Health 



Pacific Autism Center for Education 


NBC 10 and Telemundo Boston 



Community Servings Inc

Our Neighbors’ Table



Found in Translation Inc



International Institute of New England


NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago 



Chicago Heightening Opportunity and Potential for Educational Success

Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services

Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants

Naperville Area Humane Society



Neighborhood Food Pantries


NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut






Healing Meals Foundation Corporation



Creative Living Community of Connecticut

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center



Rape Crisis Center of Milford



Women and Family Life Center of Guilford Incorporated


NBC 5 Dallas/Fort Worth and Telemundo 39




City House Inc



Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange



Erath County Senior Citizens Inc

Operation Blue Shield



Mid-Cities Care Corps

Northside Inter-Community Agency


NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 



Rescuing Leftover Cuisine



Doe Fund Inc



Dorot Inc

Sunrise Day Camps Association Inc

Digital Girl Incorporated

Qualitas of Life Foundation

Tech Kids Unlimited


NBC10 Philadelphia and Telemundo62 



Broad Street Ministry

Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County

Community Volunteers in Medicine

Trellis for Tomorrow 



Senior Community Services Inc



La Comunidad Hispana


NBC 7 San Diego and Telemundo 20 



Reality Changers



Guitars in the Classroom



Coastal Roots Farm



Jacobs & Cushman SD Food Bank



La Maestra Foundation



Project Concern International


NBC6 and Telemundo 51 Miami 



Sundari Foundation Inc.



Centro Campesino Farmworker



Branches Inc.

Pantry of Broward Inc. 



Miami Children’s Health System Foundation Inc. 

Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation Inc. 



Educate Tomorrow Corp

NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles



KidsWorks Community Development Corporation


The Village Family Services Inc. 

National Health Foundation



Bright Prospect

Food Finders Inc. 


NBC4 Washington and Telemundo 44 



So Others Might Eat (SOME) Inc.



Tenants and Workers United Inquilinos y Trabajadores Unidos



Montgomery Housing Partnership Inc. 



Northern Virginia Family Service

Theatre Lab



L’Arche Inc. 



Nourish Now Foundation Inc. 

This is My Brave Inc.