Innovation Generation Grants

Posted by on February 2, 2009

Motorola Foundation Calls for Innovation Generation Grants Applications

Deadline: February 15, 2009

Motorola ( has opened a call for applications for the 2009 Innovation Generation Grants.

The initiative supports programs that inspire and cultivate the next generation of inventors and innovators by making science, technology, engineering, and math accessible and relatable to students at any age. In 2009, the Motorola Foundation will provide a total of $5 million in Innovation Generation Grants to organizations that engage pre-K and K-12 students, especially girls and underrepresented minorities, and teachers in STEM programming. Eligible programs include afterschool and summer science enrichment programs, activities that promote innovative technology use, and teacher-training initiatives.

Priority will be given to pioneering programs that engage students and teachers in innovative, hands-on ways; teach innovation and creative problem-solving skills; focus on girls and underrepresented minorities; engage Motorola employees as volunteers; take place in communities in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas where Motorola has an employee presence; have nationwide and/or online reach; demonstrate measurable outcomes; and are less than two years old. At least 25 percent of total grant dollars will support programming that is less than two years old and is not simply an expansion of an existing program.

Grant applicants may request up to $75,000 each. Select organizations may be asked to apply for larger grants. Grants will be for one year of project work, starting after June 2009.

Any U.S. nonprofit organization and school or school district may apply.

Visit the Motorola Foundation Web site for complete program information.

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