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NBCUniversal Foundation Invites Applications for 21st Century Solutions Initiative

The NBCUniversal Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofits working to address emerging and ongoing community challenges.

Through its annual 21st Century Solutions initiative, the foundation will award thirty grants totaling $1.2 million for initiatives in the areas of civic engagement, education, environment, jobs and economic empowerment, media arts, and technology!

To be eligible, organizations must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve populations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, the San Francisco Bay Area, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Washington, D.C., or Connecticut.

See the NBCU Foundation website for eligibility and application guidelines.

To apply, applicants should visit the Web site of the NBC affiliate that serves the metropolitan area nearest them:

Link to Complete RFP


Here’s the description of the Bay Area opportunity…

Want the chance for your non-profit to win $50,000?

The NBCUniversal Foundation is partnering with NBC Bay Area to launch 21st Century Solutions, a grant challenge for local non-profit organizations implementing new and innovative programs. Now through July 31, we’re looking for fresh ideas that are moving our community forward. The first place grant recipient will receive a $50,000 grant and two runners-up will each receive $25,000, totaling $100,000 in awards for the Bay Area.

The competitive grant program is open to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations that are implementing progressive programs that address emerging or ongoing community challenges in the areas of Civic Engagement, Education, Environment, Jobs and Economic Empowerment, Media Arts and Technology. Our goal is to highlight organizations addressing our community’s issues in new and creative ways.

Please review the grant program’s eligibility requirements to ensure your organization falls within the guidelines before completing the application. Click here to apply.

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Sandy Heierbacher is the Founding Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). Sandy has an M.A. in International Management from SIT Graduate Institute, and also serves as a Research Deputy for the Kettering Foundation. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. Dean Chavers says:

    May we apply to NBC Universal foundation for a grant of $10,000 for Native American college students with high potential? We have maintained a success rate of 78% for 30 years, possibly the highest success rate ever achieved with Native college students. We have produced 891 graduates, including 51 medical doctors, 157 business managers, and 35 nurses.

    • Roshan Bliss says:

      Hi Dean! Sounds like great work you do. NCDD doesn’t have a direct affiliation with this grant, so we don’t know much about whether or not the NBCUniversal foundation is still accepting applications for it. You’ll have to look through their website and maybe contac them to find out, but this post is a few years old, so things may have changed. Either way, good luck!

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