NBC Connecticut Thursday announced a total of $100,000 in grants for three local non-profit organizations. The 21st Century Solutions Grants will help to support high-impact, progressive programs that are moving Connecticut forward.
In partnership with the NBCUniversal Foundation, the 21st Century Solutions Grant Challenge recognizes and awards innovative community programs in the categories of Civic Engagement, Education, Environment, Jobs and Economic Empowerment, Media Arts and Technology.
The 2013 grant recipients and winning programs include: LEAP’s (Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership) healthy living initiative that supplies underserved young people with educational tools for environmental studies, computer literacy training, and health; the YWCA of the Hartford Region’s YW Career Women program that supports female heads-of-household pursuing an associate degree in healthcare; and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford’s FIRST LEGO Robotics and STEM Programming for urban youth.
“NBC Connecticut is proud to recognize charities doing extraordinary work for people in need throughout our state. The winning programs are tackling issues, finding solutions and making a difference through compassion and innovation. Their spirit is truly inspirational”, said Ric Harris, NBC Connecticut President and General Manager.
21st Century Solutions Grant Challenge 2013 Winners:
- Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership $50,000
- YWCA of the Hartford Region $25,000
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford $25,000
Launched in 2012, the 21st Century Solutions program supports initiatives designed to address emerging and ongoing community challenges in new and creative ways. By focusing on social innovation, the program encourages non-profit organizations to drive forward bold new ideas to make local communities stronger. Nationwide, the NBCUniversal Foundation has awarded $1.2 million in 21st Century Solutions grants in 10 markets served by the NBC Owned Television Stations this year.