NEW YORK, NY – (May 10, 2019) – The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal, today announced $2.475 million in Project Innovation grants will be presented to 68 non-profit organizations located in 11 markets. The Project Innovation program supports non-profit organizations that are using innovation to advance communities in the areas of storytelling, community engagement, culture of inclusion and youth education. The 2019 Project Innovation grant winners include organizations that are exposing children to STEM-related fields to help develop the next generation of STEM leaders, non-profits that are mobilizing underrepresented communities by empowering them to take an active role in political elections and the upcoming 2020 Census, and groups that provide adults with market-ready skills to obtain successful and high-paying jobs in technology fields to help them secure a brighter economic future for their families.
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, have awarded up to $225,000 in Project Innovation grants to a maximum of eight organizations in their markets.
“Our 2019 Project Innovation winners are working tirelessly to create real changes in their communities by empowering people to achieve success in fields that may have seemed out of reach for them. With every child, adult and family that we help to lift-up, our communities become stronger. I’m pleased that our grant program has become a beacon of opportunity and positive change for communities, and is fostering our next generation of storytellers, innovators and leaders,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations.
“We’re excited to announce this year’s grant winners and look forward to working with our new Project Innovation partners to help them continue the great work they do to create positive solutions in our communities,” added Jessica Clancy, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, NBCUniversal.
Project Innovation applications opened on January 11 and closed on February 15. The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC/Telemundo stations convened local application review panels to select all the local grant winners among four grant categories: storytelling, community engagement, culture of inclusion and youth education.
Below is a market snapshot of the 2019 Project Innovation winners:
- Southern California: AltaMed Health Services’ “My Vote. My Census. My Health. Mi Voto. Mi Censo. Mi Salud” program empowers Latinos and Millennials in Los Angeles and Orange County to take an active role in political elections and the upcoming 2020 Census. The Project Innovation grant will help AltaMed continue their education, empowerment and mobilization efforts of Latinos around critical electoral events and policy decisions.
- New York: Pursuits' "Fellowship” program teaches adults coding practices and trains them to become the next generation of leaders in technology. The Project Innovation 2019 grant will help the organization continue its intensive training and career support services to help unemployed/underemployed adults who are passionate about pursuing careers in technology and have no previous experience in coding.
- Chicago: Restoring the Path’s “Crushers Club” program delivers violence prevention, reduction and support to Chicago’s Englewood children to give kids alternatives to engaging in gang activity. Launched seven years ago in response to a spike in violence and incarceration of children in the area, the organization plans to use its 2019 Project Innovation grant to offer more Englewood youth a chance to restore their lives, reduce recidivism and improve their neighborhood.
- Philadelphia: Coopers Ferry Partnership’s “A New View” program transforms vacant lots that have become illegal trash/dumping sites in Camden, New Jersey, into public art spaces by showcasing community pride through art-based installations. The Project Innovation grant will help the organization continue its clean-up and restoration work of these sites to create urban-inspired projects and improve the quality of life for Camden residents.
- Dallas/Fort Worth: Big Thought’s “Creative Solutions” arts-based intervention program for youth on probation in the juvenile justice system helps improve job skills and increase social and emotional development through creative and therapeutic expression, to close the gap to success. The organization will use their Project Innovation grant to continue their work with the students to promote lasting positive, personal and professional change.
- Washington, D.C.: GALA’s (Grupo de Artistas Latinoamericanos) “Paso Nuevo" program provides a safe haven for students by using theatre and multimedia as tools to enhance self-esteem, strengthen cultural identity, build academic and vocational skills, and promote English and Spanish-language literacy. The Project Innovation grant will support the organization’s free, after-school program for children.
- San Francisco Bay Area: Annie Cannon’s “Technology Training and Employment for Survivors of Human Trafficking” program empowers survivors of human trafficking to launch successful careers in technology. The Project Innovation grant will help the organization offer more participants valuable technical skills, and real-world experience to build up their resumes, and break the cycle of re-victimization through the lens of economic empowerment.
- Boston: Sociedad Latina, Inc.’s “STEM Lab” is a year-round, middle school after-hours program that provides Latino students with opportunities to develop and improve their math/science kills while introducing them to STEM fields and inspiring their interest in STEM-related higher-education studies and careers. The grant will help the non-profit continue their mission of building the next generation of Latino leaders in STEM fields.
- Miami/Fort Lauderdale: Communities In Schools of Miami’s “Bridges to Graduation and Beyond” program provides holistic support to Miami-Dade County Schools students who face high levels of adversity in their lives. The Project Innovation grant will help the organization continue their work with children to help them maximize their academic success. Whether it’s clean clothes, a ride to school, mentoring, health services counseling or emotional support, the organization helps to connect at-risk students with all the community resources they need to succeed.
- San Diego: A Reason To Survive's “Community ARTS Design Challenges” program offers free classes in a variety of artistic disciplines for youth ages 11 to 22, paid internships with professional mentors, community-driven revitalization efforts, an on-site resource network of support that includes mental health and wellness counseling, as well as college and career advising, and leadership coaching. The grant will support the organization’s program.
- Hartford: New England Science & Sailing’s “STEM Education” program uses an innovative approach of combining sailing and STEM-based education programs, on and off-the-water, to foster and encourage inclusiveness, personal growth, community, and environmental stewardship among children and families. The grant will help the organization continue its work to help build children’s leadership skills.
For the full list of this year’s Project Innovation winners, please visit NBCUniversal.com.
About Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation
The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation works to advance initiatives at the cross-section of societal needs and Comcast NBCUniversal’s priorities. The Foundation supports programs and organizations that strive to move communities forward. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.
About NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 42 NBC and Telemundo local television stations serving 30 markets, a regional news network and their associated websites and digital platforms, as well as a group of out-of-home properties, a production company, an in-house marketing and promotions company and two national multicast networks, COZI TV and TeleXitos. The local stations, which can be viewed in 38 percent of U.S. homes and in Puerto Rico, produce and deliver their local communities compelling and unique local news, real-time weather forecasts, consumer and investigative reports and entertainment programming across all platforms to help keep their English and Spanish-speaking audiences informed anytime and anywhere.