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NBC BAY AREA AND TELEMUNDO 48’S “PROJECT INNOVATION” GRANT CHALLENGE RETURNS IN 2019

For a second year in a row, NBC Bay Area, Telemundo 48 and the NBCUniversal Foundation will award $225,000 in grants to local organizations in the Bay Area that are using innovation to address local community issues and meet the changing needs of local neighborhoods

Eligible non-profit organizations can apply for Project Innovation grants beginning January 11

SAN JOSE, CA – (December 20, 2018) – On the heels of their successful 2018 Project Innovation grant challenge that resulted in eight local organizations receiving a total of $225,000 in grants, NBC Bay Area / KNTV and Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahia / KSTS today announced their grant challenge will return in 2019. Project Innovation is a competitive grant program that is presented locally by NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 in partnership with the NBCUniversal Foundation. Next year, the stations and the Foundation will present a second round of $225,000 in grants to local organizations that are addressing local community issues through innovative solutions around four grant categories. Applications for Project Innovation open on January 11, 2019 and close on February 15, 2019. Project Innovation 2019 grant winners will be announced by the stations in April 2019.

In addition, the stations today announced the launch of their new dedicated Project Innovation websites that provide program, rules/eligibility information and grant applications in English and Spanish, to help more bilingual service organizations access the information they need to apply and be considered for a grant. For more information and to preview the grant application visit www.nbcuprojectinnovation.com. To access information in Spanish visit www.nbcuproyectoinnovacion.com.

“The future is born every day here in the Bay Area, yet not everyone has access to the opportunities that exist here,” said Stacy Owen, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48. “Through Project Innovation, NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 are able to support the amazing, impactful work being done to bring a diverse array of experience into our culture of creating what’s next.”

Project Innovation 2018 winners, including TalkingPoints have leveraged the grant funding presented by the stations to create community solutions around youth education and community engagement, to name a few. TalkingPoints used their $50,000 Project Innovation grant to power their mobile app that helps more than 30,000 parents in low-income, minority school communities communicate with their children’s teachers and schools without language barriers. Other 2018 Project Innovation winners included:

  • Girls Incorporated of Alameda County – $30,000 - SMART! BUILD IT! EUREKA! is a program that empowers girls (4-12th grade) to discover and sustain engagement in STEAM. This innovative program helps girls transcend multiple barriers; develop skills for the digital economy; and make positive generational and community change by accessing college and, ultimately, new career and leadership opportunities.
  • Scholarmatch, Inc. – $30,000 - This program ignites civic engagement through the ScholarMatcher online platform, and a corresponding virtual college coaching program—catalyzing hundreds of volunteers to support low-income youth in the journey to college via dynamic online tools and virtual volunteering portals.

Presented in 11 markets throughout the country, including the Bay Area, Project Innovation is offered by the NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. This year, NBC and Telemundo owned stations will present nearly $2.5 million in Project Innovation grants to eligible non-profits that are physically located in the participating markets and service each market, have an annual operating budget of more than $100,000, and are using innovation to inspire community solutions in any of the following four grant categories:

  • Next Generation Storytellers: Programs that empower the next generation of storytellers and utilize media to drive social impact.
  • Culture of Inclusion: Programs that seek to build pathways for diverse and equitable communities.
  • Youth Education: Programs that equip youth with the tools they need to succeed, including STEM/ STEAM education.
  • Community Engagement: Programs that enable individuals to engage and volunteer in their communities.

Project Innovation 2019 grants are available in select markets serviced by NBC and Telemundo owned stations, including 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 Bay Area / KNTV
Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.3.

About Telemundo Telemundo 48 / KSTS
Telemundo 48 / KSTS is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community throughout the Bay Area. Owned by NBCUniversal, the station is committed to providing viewers with breaking news and in-depth journalism with their award-winning team of reporters, offering the most up-to-date local news, weather, sports and entertainment headlines through a variety of platforms, including online at TelemundoAreadelaBahia.com and via mobile and social media channels.

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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