MIRAMAR, FLORIDA – (June 7, 2019) – NBC 6, Telemundo 51 and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation today announced that seven local non-profit organizations will receive a total of $225,000 in grants as part of the second annual Project Innovation grant challenge. The winning organizations were selected by the stations for their outstanding innovative programs created to solve everyday problems.

“We are honored to present the Project Innovation grant awards to these wonderful organizations and our goal is to continue to support those who strive to make a difference every single day,” said Larry Olevitch, President and General Manager at NBC 6.

Project Innovation is presented by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. NBC and Telemundo owned stations located in 11 markets, including South Florida launched the new grant challenge in January 2018 to identify local organizations that are embracing technology and innovation to develop real-life solutions for their communities. The stations located in each of the participating regions created community panels to review the grant applications and select final grant recipients. This year, more than $2 million will be awarded to not-for-profit organizations all across the country that are doing their part to transform their communities by providing solutions to real-life problems through innovative programs.

“We have a long-standing commitment to serve South Florida and this initiative is one more way we are able to contribute to those making a positive impact in our community,” said Jorge Carballo, President and General Manager at Telemundo 51.

Local Project Innovation 2019 grant recipients include:


Communities In Schools of Miami’s Bridges to Graduation and Beyond (BGB) 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.

URGENT, INC – $50,000

Urgent, Inc’s Film Arts Culture Coding and Entrepreneurship (FACE) program provides talent development opportunities that fuel employment pathways for high potential teenage students who have low access to building high value skills. The program aims to remove the barriers these students face and gives them a competitive advantage in pursuing careers in the Creative/Tech industries to rise above the poverty line.


The Miami Children’s Museum’s Multi-Sensory Access Program will provide South Florida families with children in the autism spectrum with an accessible low-cost option for receiving essential therapy. The grant will help make the Museum’s Multi-Sensory Environment available for families with financial needs and simultaneously will allow therapists to practice in a fun and engaging place for children.


Broward House’s Skills For Life program teaches essential life skills for adults living with HIV who have experienced homelessness as they transition into independence and manage their health. Examples include time management skills, that can help with managing HIV treatment schedules and budgeting skills for managing food stamps.


Take Stock In Children of Broward’s Achieving Career and College Excellence (ACCE) program provides low-income, academically qualified students with opportunities for post-secondary education and helps the organization in its mission to break the cycle of poverty. The program’s services include scholarships and volunteer mentors. Services begin in middle school, continue through high school and help students transition into college and career.


Broward Performing Arts Foundation’s Sensory-Friendly Programming for Audiences with Special Needs program provides students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who face challenges such as sensitivity to the environment and difficulty with attention with opportunities and resources to engage in the same cultural, social and recreational activities as their peers.


Students Care’s South Florida Hospital Buddy program enables college students to engage in their local communities by facilitating partnerships with children’s hospitals, where students are paired with children in long-time care. The program aims to create a more empathetic workforce by empowering students with an enriching and meaningful volunteer experience at an instrumental time in their lives.

Winners were selected in the following four categories: Community Engagement, Culture of Inclusion, Next Generation Story Tellers and Youth Education. To see the list of all Project Innovation 2019 winners, visit or

About NBC 6

NBC 6 / WTVJ is the NBC-owned station serving Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. NBC 6 was Florida’s first television station and has been covering news in South Florida for 70 years. WTVJ was founded on three basic principles: commitment to the community, excellence in journalism and pioneering and innovation. Today, NBC 6 produces more than 30 hours of local news and programming per week, delivers dynamic multi-platform content on and COZI TV and continues its commitment to the community by cultivating local partnerships and capturing the diversity of South Florida.

About Telemundo 51

Telemundo 51 / WSCV is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, the third largest Hispanic market in the country. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 51 has been delivering local news, information and entertainment to viewers throughout South Florida since 1985. Telemundo 51 is the preferred station for local news in a diverse market that is nearly half Hispanic, made up of more than two million Spanish-speaking people whose backgrounds represent over 20 nationalities. Telemundo 51 is committed to covering issues important to the community as well as partnering with and supporting local organizations that are making a difference in the areas of education, health, civic engagement and the environment. Telemundo 51 is also accessible to South Florida Hispanics online at and via mobile and social media platforms.

About NBCUniversal Foundation

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.



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