Motorola Mobility Foundation Empowerment Grants Program

Posted on June 27, 2011

Motorola Mobility Foundation Launches Empowerment Grants Program
Deadline: July 15, 2011

The Motorola Mobility Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Motorola Mobility, Inc., has announced the launch of the Empowerment Grants program, an opportunity for U.S.-based nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to empower their communities through technology. Grants will be provided for programs in the foundation’s three areas of focus — education, health and wellness, and community.

The program is designed to support and celebrate everyday, real-life efforts to leverage technology to build stronger communities. Successful programs may include providing technology, and tutoring in the skills needed to use it, for teachers, mentors, and community leaders.

The program is seeking applications from dynamic community organizations that are making a significant contribution to the social fabric of their communities.

Applicants must be a registered or incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a NCES school or school district; have an operating budget under $5 million; and be a U.S.-based online program, a U.S. national program, or be based in the U.S. and serve communities in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, or Pennsylvania.

Successful applications will demonstrate the ways that digital technology could be used to further an organization’s mission. Examples include: Education — building the classroom of the 21st century through incorporating technology; Health and Wellness — driving solutions around the issues of healthy behavior through the use of technology; and Community — fostering innovation and creative solutions for community-based issues, including environmental issues, with technology tools.

Organizations must submit applications online. In addition, applicants are required to submit a three- to five-minute video describing the program for which grant funds are requested and the ways in which digital technology could be used to further enhance that program. All videos must be uploaded to the Motorola Foundation YouTube site prior to submitting the written application.

Visit the Motorola Web site for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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