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:
- 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.