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NBC6 AND TELEMUNDO 51’S “PROJECT INNOVATION” GRANT CHALLENGE IS UNDERWAY

For a second year in a row, NBC6, Telemundo 51 and the NBCUniversal Foundation will award $225,000 in grants to local organizations in South Florida 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 until February 15

MIRAMAR, FLORIDA – (January 15, 2019) – On the heels of their successful 2018 Project Innovation grant challenge that resulted in four local organizations receiving a total of $225,000 in grants, NBC6 / WTVJ and Telemundo 51 / WSCV today announced its return. Project Innovation is a competitive grant program that is presented locally by NBC6 and Telemundo 51 in partnership with the NBCUniversal Foundation. This 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 will be accepted until 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 NBC6.com/ProjectInnovation. To access information in Spanish visit Telemundo51.com/ProyectoInnovacion.

“We are proud to partner with NBCUniversal in this grant challenge and look forward to seeing the positive impact the winning organizations will have locally,” said Larry Olevitch, President and General Manager at NBC6. “It means so much to us to invest on our own community and help support fantastic organizations making a difference in South Florida.”

Project Innovation 2018 winners, including Radical Partners, have leveraged the grant funding presented by the stations to create community solutions around youth education and community engagement, to name a few. Radical Partners used their Project Innovation grant to power their 100 Great Ideas South Florida, a program that engages people of all backgrounds, ages and perspective in problem solving for climate resilience and sustainability. Their campaign, which included two Facebook Live discussions, resulted in more than 10K views and surpassed their goal with more than 250 ideas submitted.

“I am proud to partner once again with the NBCUniversal Foundation and help our community through local organizations that use innovation to inspire” said Jorge Carballo, President and General Manager, Telemundo 51.

Presented in 11 markets throughout the country, including South Florida, 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).

To learn more about Project Innovation 2019, join the stations’ webinar on Tuesday, January 22 at 4 PM ET. Register here.

About NBC6

NBC6 / WTVJ is the NBC-owned station serving Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. NBC6 was Florida’s first television station and has been covering news in South Florida for more than 60 years. WTVJ was founded on three basic principles: commitment to the community, excellence in journalism and pioneering and innovation. Today, NBC6 produces more than 30 hours of local news and programming per week, delivers dynamic multi-platform content on NBC6.com 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 viewers 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 for more than 30 years. Telemundo 51 is the preferred station for local news in a diverse market that is made up of more than two million Spanish-speaking people whose backgrounds represent more than 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 also delivers local news and information across all platforms, including online at Telemundo51.com, the Telemundo 51 mobile app and on social media.

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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MEDIA CONTACT NBC6

Claudia Keppinger

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MEDIA CONTACT TELEMUNDO 51

Susan Solano Vila

Susan.SolanoVila@nbcuni.com

954-622-7825