Friday, January 11, 2008

Motorola Foundation to Provide $4 Million in Innovation Generation Grants

In an effort to cultivate the skilled scientists and engineers needed to create tomorrow's breakthrough ideas, in 2008 the Motorola Foundation will provide $4 million in Innovation Generation Grants to organizations that engage U.S. K-12 students and teachers in innovation, science, technology, engineering and math.
Funding priority will be placed on 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 where Motorola has an employee presence in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas

*Demonstrate measurable outcomes

*Are less than two years old

Grant applicants may request up to $100,000. Select organizations may be asked to apply for larger grants. Grants will be for one year of project work, starting after June 2008. Any U.S. non-profit organization may apply. Schools and school districts may apply.

At least 25 percent of total grant dollars will support new programming that has been operating for less than two years and is not simply an expansion of an existing program.

Returning 2007 Innovation Generation Grant recipients must demonstrate that they have created new STEM partnerships with business, another non-profit organization or another foundation.

The deadline is March 1, 2008. Apply online.

In 2007, the Motorola' Foundation's Innovation Generation Grants supported more than 100 breakthrough programs that use innovative approaches to develop interest in innovation, science, technology, engineering and math. Of the recipient programs - ranging from after-school and summer science enrichment programs to activities that promote innovative technology use and teacher-training initiatives:

41 percent serve African American students
19 percent reach Hispanic youth
31 percent specifically target girls

The Motorola Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola. With employees located around the world, Motorola seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation and engaging stakeholders. Motorola Foundation focuses its funding on education, especially innovation, science, technology, engineering and math programming.

These grants are strategically focused and are designed to inspire people and communities. The emphasis here is on the next generation of scientists and engineers who may be the innovators and pioneers of tomorrow's breakthroughs.

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