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NBC10 AND TELEMUNDO62’S “PROJECT INNOVATION” GRANT CHALLENGE RETURNS IN 2019

For a second year in a row, NBC10, Telemundo62 and the NBCUniversal Foundation will award $225,000 in grants to local organizations in Greater Philadelphia 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

PHILADELPHIA – (January 7, 2019) – On the heels of their successful 2018 Project Innovation grant challenge that resulted in six local organizations receiving a total of $225,000 in grants, NBC10 / WCAU-TV and Telemundo62 / WWSI-TV today announced their grant challenge will return in 2019. Project Innovation is a competitive grant program that is presented locally by NBC10 and Telemundo62 in partnership with the NBCUniversal Foundation. In 2019, 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.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the NBCUniversal Foundation to recognize local non-profits that are making an impact in the Greater Philadelphia region,” said Ric Harris, President and General Manager of NBC10 and Telemundo62. “Through Project Innovation, NBC10 and Telemundo62 can help the organizations that are working to solve everyday problems by addressing local community issues in an innovative way.”

Project Innovation 2018 winners leveraged grant funding presented by NBC10 and Telemundo62 to create community solutions around youth education and community engagement. They included:

Recode Your Future is a program that creates a pathway for young adults for careers in technology and web development by engaging young adults in an intensive curriculum focused on technical training in web development, graphic design and coding. The program helps participants gain permanent employment in high-paying tech jobs and helps build a diverse workforce pipeline for jobs in technology fields.

“What’s Going On” is a year-long song writing and music technology residency led by LiveConnections in collaboration with Hill-Freedman World Academy, a Philadelphia public school. The program guides students in writing poems, lyrics and songs inspired by Motown: its artistry, role as a leading African-American owned business, and prominent voice for civil rights.

The Particle Accelerator program enables high school students to work alongside innovative Philadelphia based start-up companies on design projects. Students work under the guidance of professionals including artists-in-residence, scientists-in-residence, and entrepreneurs-in residence to develop authentic work such as logos/branding/marketing, prototyping and advanced manufacturing, web/app design, TV/video production, and social media.

Digital Lockers for Older Foster Youth give older youth the ability to digitally access important personal documents. Electronic personal records are widely in use by U.S. families and providers, yet foster youth rarely have this kind of easy access to their own essential life documents. Without the support and stability of family who can keep their important documents, they leave foster care without a home for their information and unprepared for post-system independence. With digital lockers, youth will have ongoing access to personal information that will benefit them in the future.

IT Works is an innovative, free-of-charge program that directly impacts the Philadelphia community by helping disadvantaged/disenfranchised young adults launch careers in IT, and by helping entry-level IT workers advance in their careers. In 16 weeks, ITWorks prepares its students ages 18 to 26, with a high school diploma or GED but no bachelor's degree, who are unemployed or underemployed for entry-level IT jobs (e.g. Help Desk Support).

TechGYRLS is an innovative afterschool program that provides a safe, diverse, girls-only environment where upper elementary- and middle-school aged girls can participate in an intensive exploration of technology. This is achieved through participation in a learning environment that’s safe, nurturing and decidedly dedicated to the notion that women and girls have a role in STEM careers, and what’s more, is that women and girls have a role in impacting society as transformational leaders. TechGYRLS introduces participants to the world of robotics where girls learn to create computer programs that control the behavior of robots, learn programming and building skills. The YWCA will run two TechGYRLS clubs within low-income communities for two, 12-week semesters.

Presented in 11 markets throughout the country, including Philadelphia, 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 NBC10 Philadelphia / WCAU

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC10 Philadelphia has been delivering local news, information and weather for more than 60 years, serving nearly six million viewers throughout Greater Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, South Jersey and Delaware. Viewers turn to NBC10 for the most up-to-date breaking news and weather on a variety of platforms, including online at nbc10.com and via mobile and social platforms. COZI TV, the station’s multicast network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series and hit movies as well as local programming. COZI TV can be seen on Comcast channel 248, Verizon channel 460, RCN channel 28 and over-the-air on digital 10.2.

About Telemundo62 Philadelphia / WWSI

Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo62 / WWSI is NBC’s Owned Television Stations local station serving Spanish-speaking viewers throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, including 18 counties across Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware. Telemundo62 viewers start their mornings with Primera Edicion, an hour-long, local Spanish-language newscast airing weekdays at 6 a.m. and continue to receive the latest in local news and weather information during Al Mediodía, a 30 minute newscast airing weekdays at 12 p.m. Noticiero Telemundo62 is a locally produced, live Spanish-language newscast, airing weekdays at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Viewers turn to Noticiero Telemundo62 for local news, weather, sports and community coverage on-air and on the Telemundo62 app. For more information, visit Telemundo62.com

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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