Tuesday, December 17, 2013
NBCUniversal Awards Grant to Sustainable Surplus for Social Innovation
The Second Annual 21st Century Solutions Grant Program Rewards 30 Local Non-Profits in 10 Markets
The NBCUniversal Foundation, in partnership with the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, announced $1.2 million in grants for local non-profit organizations in 10 markets.
In its second year, the 21st Century Solutions grant program recognizes and supports innovative, high-impact initiatives in the areas of Civic Engagement, Education, Environment, Jobs and Economic Empowerment, Media Arts and Technology. The program supports initiatives designed to address emerging and ongoing community challenges in new and creative ways.
Local recipient, Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE), will be awarded $25,000 for their program, working to grow sustainable practices in sourcing and use of resources, by repurposing items from businesses and diverting the path of items to landfills. The Exchange Program provides the business community a channel to redistribute their out-of-use assets for reuse to organizations in the educational and non-profit sectors.
“NBCUniversal and our NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations are in a unique position to engage communities across the country around social innovation and our 21stCentury Solutions program allows us to recognize those local efforts,” said Beth Colleton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for NBCUniversal. “We are excited by this year’s grant recipients and the impactful change they will create.”
This year, awardees include: a workforce development program for students with disabilities to create their own sustainable microenterprises, a microsavings initiative aimed to help low-income working families gain financial stability and a scalable digital platform that connects a person with a need, a nonprofit provider and an everyday donor who wants to make a difference in a transparent, impactful way.
A full listing of the distribution of the $1.2 million grant awards can be found at NBCUniversal’s website.