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Press Release
January 26, 2022

Presented by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Local, $3.475 million in grants will be presented to eligible nonprofits that are addressing our society’s persistent systemic challenges

Applications can be submitted online at & between February 18 and March 25

REMOTE WORKPLACES EVERYWHERE – (January 26, 2022) – The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Local (NBC/Telemundo owned stations) today announced the return of their “Project Innovation” competitive grant challenge to 11 markets. Applications can be submitted online between February 18 and March 25 at or in Spanish at Grant winners will be announced later this year. 

“Project Innovation continues to celebrate forward-thinking non-profits as they work to make an impact on issues specific to their communities,” said Jessica Clancy, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, NBCUniversal. “We believe that through these grants we can not only support the efforts of these organizations, but inspire all non-profits to evolve their work at the local level.” 

Since 2018, the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC/Telemundo owned stations have presented a total of $10.9 million in Project Innovation grants to 299 nonprofits, including organizations that are led by leaders of color and are hyper focused on uplifting diverse communities. Past winners have used grant funding to support students continue their education remotely during COVID, help Spanish-speaking communities get access to financial education, support digital, multilingual and multiethnic oral history storytelling as well as journalism programs focused on public health, among others. 

“We’re proud of the important work that our past Project Innovation grant recipients are doing and look forward to recognizing new organizations that are working on the front lines to address our communities most pressing needs,” added Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Local.

For 2022, NBC/Telemundo owned stations in the 11 participating markets will award $3.475 million in grants to eligible nonprofits in the following four grant categories: 

  1. Community Engagement: Programs that enable individuals to engage and volunteer in their communities.
  1. Culture of Inclusion: Programs that encourage equitable access, opportunities and resources for traditionally underrepresented communities.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

The participating markets include New York (WNBC, WNJU), Southern California (KNBC, KVEA), Chicago (WMAQ, WSNS), Philadelphia (WCAU, WWSI), Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS, KXTX), Boston (WBTS, WNEU, NECN), Hartford, CT (WVIT, WRDM), Washington, D.C. (WRC-TV, WZDC), Miami-Fort Lauderdale (WTVJ, WSCV), San Francisco Bay Area (KNTV, KSTS), and San Diego (KNSD, KUAN).

Key grant eligibility requirements: 501(c)(3) nonprofit’s headquarters and/or the program for which the organization is applying must be located in a participating market, service the market they operate from, have had total expenses of more than $100,000 (defined by the organizations most recent 990 IRS filing), and its programs must help to resolve everyday community issues in any of the four grant categories. For additional rules/eligibility requirements, please visit or

To access the list of Project Innovation 2021 winners, click here. Follow on social @NBCUFoundation and #ProjectInnovation

About NBCUniversal Local
NBCUniversal Local is NBCUniversal’s local media division that delivers English and Spanish-speakers and bilingual audiences in 31 U.S. markets and Puerto Rico, the very best in local sports, news, weather, consumer and investigative reporting, and lifestyle entertainment across any platform and screen. NBCUniversal Local is comprised of three individual media groups including the NBC Owned Television Stations, the NBC Sports Regional Networks and the Telemundo Station Group. The division is also home to multicast networks NBCLX, COZI TV and TeleXitos, the regional cable news network NECN, a MeTV station, as well as NBC Spot On, an advanced video advertising business designed for local/regional CTV and OTT advertisers and several in-house companies including production company LXTV, marketing and promotions company Skycastle, its out-of-home business NBC Everywhere, and the Arthouse, a graphics design group. With six regional sports networks and 43 NBC and Telemundo stations serving 38 percent of U.S. homes, NBCUniversal Local is the only network-owned local media division that is home to the largest bilingual local newsrooms within the country’s top 10 TV markets. NBCUniversal Local’s stations and networks serve diverse audiences and communities across linear, streaming, OTT, digital web, mobile and audio, and cable platforms and work together to keep local audiences informed anytime and anywhere. For more information, visit

About The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation
The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation continues the work of the foundations founded by Comcast Corporation and NBCUniversal to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on the communities we serve. Its mission is to empower communities to thrive by helping to provide access to technology, relevant digital skills and training, and inspiring volunteerism and service. More information about how Comcast NBCUniversal supports the communities it serves is available at


Melissa Castro
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