Posted on May 13, 2020

NBC 7, Telemundo 20, and the NBCUniversal Foundation today announced that 6 local nonprofit organizations that are using innovation to tackle everyday problems and urgent COVID-19 needs in their communities will receive a total of $225,000 in grants. The nonprofit organizations selected as Project Innovation 2020 grant recipients all exhibited flexibility with their programming and will use their funding to deliver services and programs that address the needs of those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

“During this historic time, we are so proud to be able to give meaningful support to organizations doing their part to bring about real-life solutions to everyday problems in our community,” says Todd Mokhtari, President and General Manager, NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 San Diego. Through our partnership with the NBCUniversal Foundation we want to congratulate all the 2020 San Diego Project Innovation winners and salute them for their outstanding endeavors.”

Project Innovation applications opened on January 11 and closed on February 15. The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC/Telemundo owned stations reviewed applications virtually beginning March 2020. Applications were evaluated to determine groups’ abilities to advance their communities in the areas of storytelling, community engagement, culture of inclusion, and youth education, as well as their preparedness and capacity to deliver quality programming that meets the pressing needs that have developed in their communities during this unprecedented time.

Local Project Innovation 2020 grant recipients include:
Reality Changers: realitychangers.org – Awarded $50,000
Guitars in the Classroom: guitarsintheclassroom.org – Awarded $47,100
Coastal Roots Farm: coastalrootsfarm.org – Awarded $43,750
Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank: sandiegofoodbank.org – Awarded $38,950
La Maestra Foundation: lamaestrafoundation.org – Awarded $25,000
Project Concern International: pciglobal.org – Awarded $20,200

Header image: Photo courtesy of Coastal Roots