Grant application can be previewed online at nbcuprojectinnovation.com
Applications will be accepted online from January 10 to February 14
NEW YORK, NY – (January 7, 2020) – NBC 4 New York/WNBC, Telemundo 47/WNJU and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation announced the return of their Project Innovation grant challenge. Applications will open this Friday, January 10, with $225,000 in grants available for eligible Tri-State non-profits. Project Innovation is a competitive grant program presented by the stations and Foundation for local for local non-profit organizations that are helping to move communities forward by fostering the next generation of storytellers and inspiring a culture of inclusion for underrepresented communities. Applications for Project Innovation close on Friday, February 14, 2020. Tri-State grant winners will be announced by WNBC and WNJU in May 2020.
“We are excited to support innovative non-profits who are making our schools and neighborhoods better places to live and learn,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York. “Over the first two years of our Project Innovation grant challenge, we have seen the impact of these critical funds in our local communities. We look forward to again partnering with the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation in this important effort for the Tri-State.”
To learn more about the program, join an informational webinar on January 22 at 1 PM ET by clicking here. Access program rules, eligibility and apply for Project Innovation at nbcuprojectinnovation.com. To access information in Spanish, including the grant application and the program’s rules and eligibility requirements visit nbcuproyectoinnovacion.com.
“Telemundo 47 is proud to support the many non-profits that are driving change in our communities. Their innovative approaches and passionate teams make a difference,” said Cristina Schwarz, Telemundo 47 President and General Manager. “We are thrilled to join with the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation for a third year of Project Innovation and look forward to recognizing the important community pillars that are improving the lives of our neighbors across our region.”
In 2019, Tri-State Project Innovation winners leveraged grant funding presented by NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 to create community solutions around youth education and community engagement. They included:
Pursuit is a social impact organization that trains adults to get their first tech jobs, advance their careers and become next generation tech leaders. The program is designed to teach and learn coding practices and other professional tech skills with opportunities to network for career advancement in the industry.
HOPE provides low-income New Yorkers with job training, supportive services, connections to employment and lifetime career support. Their programs assist individuals in several industries, including the food sector and the green construction field, which focuses on green infrastructure and maintenance.
Empirical Resolution/Quill.org is an educational technology startup that helps low-income students enhance their writing skills. Utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) software, students are provided with new tools to improve critical thinking and improve grammar, sentence construction their sentence construction skills and enhance their critical thinking.
Presented in 11 markets throughout the country, including New York, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 will select and present grant awards to eligible non-profit organizations that operate from the local market, have an annual operating budget of more than $100,000, and whose programs are helping to resolve everyday community issues in any of the following four grant categories:
Project Innovation 2020 grants are available in the following markets that are serviced by a NBC/Telemundo owned station: 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).
About NBC 4 New York / WNBC
NBC 4 New York / WNBC is the flagship station of the NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, serving the New York Tri-State area with an unparalleled commitment to broadcast excellence for 75 years.
The station features New York’s largest investigative reporting team, the I-Team and includes Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award-winning journalists who successfully track down the answers to the questions most important to viewers. Storm Team 4, the station’s trusted weather team, utilizes the most accurate and the most powerful weather technology available to keep Tri-State viewers informed and safe when severe weather strikes. This includes StormTracker 4, the only commercial high-frequency S-Band dual polarization fixed Doppler weather radar operating in the Northeast.
In addition to NBC 4 New York’s primary channel, other programming outlets include COZI TV, the station’s multicast channel, and out-of-home platforms, including TV screens in taxi cabs, elevators and aboard New York-New Jersey PATH trains. The station also delivers news and information across all platforms, including its dedicated website, mobile app and social media platforms. For more information about NBC 4 New York, visit NBCNewYork.com.
About Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU
Telemundo 47 / WNJU is the Telemundo television station serving Spanish-speaking viewers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for more than 50 years. The Tri-State’s Spanish-language broadcasting channel for soccer, Telemundo 47 will offer exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2022 and 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup™ tournaments and the 2025 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ tournament.
Delivering more than 27 hours of locally-produced news, information and entertainment programming each week, Telemundo 47 offers comprehensive breaking news coverage and features the New York market’s only team of bilingual meteorologists, La Autoridad en El Tiempo, who use cutting-edge technology to keep viewers and their families safe and informed. This includes Tele Doppler 47, con tecnología S-band, the most powerful and most accurate weather technology available.
Telemundo 47’s local consumer investigative unit, Telemundo Responde, returns every telephone call, responds to every electronic inquiry and has recovered nearly $2 million for local viewers. The station also features Acceso Total, the region’s only local entertainment variety program with TeleXitos, the station’s multicast network, offering viewers many beloved, iconic television series in an easy-to-watch, comfortable Spanish-language format.
As a station, Telemundo 47 demonstrates its commitment to the communities it serves by cultivating local partnerships with organizations that reflect the diversity of the local market. Telemundo 47 also provides news and information across all platforms, online at Telemundo47.com, and via its dedicated mobile app and across social media.
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.
Aida E. Rosario (WNJU)
Alexandra Trochanowski (WNBC)