$315,000 in Project Innovation Grants to 11 Local Nonprofits – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

NBC 5 and Telemundo 39, as well as the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, announced today that 11 local nonprofits will receive grants for Project Innovations 2021 totaling $ 315,000. The winning organizations offer programs that address local community problems through innovative solutions in community engagement, inclusion culture, next generation storytelling, and youth education and empowerment. This is the fourth year in a row that NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 partner with the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation to award local nonprofits with grants for project innovation.

“Every year as we go through this process, we are amazed at the number of organizations working to positively impact our community through innovative programs,” said Tom Ehlmann, president and general manager of NBC 5 and Telemundo 39. “The Last year’s crisis has increased funding needs and we are proud to continue project innovation. “

The project innovation will be showcased by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation as well as NBC and Telemundo’s own stations in 11 markets, including Dallas-Fort Worth. Grant applications opened on January 8th and closed on February 12th. The stations created and collected community panels to review grant applications and select final recipients. During that year, program funding levels increased from $ 225,000 to $ 315,000 in each participating market and from $ 2.475 million to $ 3.475 million in the eleven markets.

“The opportunity to provide grants for visionary programs that find ways to engage and grow our next generation is inspiring,” added Nada Ruddock, NBC 5 vice president of Community Impact.

Local Project Innovation 2021 grant recipients include::


Recruiting various CASA volunteers: Casa Tarrant County works to help abused and neglected children with the help of qualified volunteers. The stress and impact of Covid 19 on many families contributed to 40% of children being removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Many of these children come from different backgrounds. Casa Tarrant County will increase the percentage of volunteers from different racial, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds who work with these foster children and meet critical needs.


Girls Summer Camp and Mentoring STEM Program: Design Connect serves teenage girls in underserved communities by introducing them to STEM-related programs that lead to professional STEM careers. A virtual coding camp will be added to the summer program, offering hands-on learning, access to female STEM professionals, opportunities to collaborate, and helping students develop stronger problem-solving skills.

RAISE DALLAS – $ 15,000

Summer Adventure & College Program: Elevate Dallas builds long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth. The program will take middle and high school students on college visits across the state. The model provides character, leadership, and life skills to help students graduate and explore college options or trade certifications. The summer program addresses the partner schools’ low enrollment and attendance rates as a result of the pandemic and the goal of keeping students busy, especially those facing home crises due to job loss by family members.


Young men’s leadership development program: Hope Farm’s Young Men Leadership Development Program leads boys at risk from single mother households to graduate school by providing families with academic tutoring, mentoring, recreational activities, and nutrition programs.


Free tutoring program: Hope Tutoring helps disadvantaged grades 3 through 8 students reach their full potential by offering free one-to-one tutoring. After 25 hours of qualified tutoring, the students were able to catch up on a full academic year. The volunteer program offers free summer camps, spelling bees, academic incentives, and virtual tutoring.


Senior safety net: The Collin County’s Meals on Wheels Seniors Program provides emergency care for the elderly and disabled adults. The program combats hunger and isolation by providing nutritious meals that enable seniors struggling with transportation and mobility issues to stay healthy and independent.


Minnie’s pantry and study lab: Minnie’s Food Pantry (MFP) provides healthy meals and educational resources for children and families in need. MFP saw households served during the COVID-19 pandemic increase 400%. The program has expanded to schools and virtual space by providing educational programs and resources to give families the tools to change lives and become self-sufficient. Programming includes financial literacy, health, wellness and nutrition, professional skills training, resume creation and job placement.


Re-entry program: One Man’s Treasure empowers recently released men with interview clothes and networking opportunities to find work. Workwear has been identified as a critical part of re-entry. The clothing provided is personalized and delivered to the individual customer, as transport is a key challenge when re-entering. One Man’s Treasure also provides resources that customers can use to meet key needs.


Youth First Suicide Prevention Initiative: The Dallas Resource Center empowers the LGBTQ community and all people living with HIV by improving health, wellbeing, family empowerment, and transformative education and advocacy. The Youth First Suicide Prevention Initiative addresses the needs of vulnerable LGBTQ youth who face challenges at home, in school and in their community. The program provides psychological counseling and support to build self-confidence, remove isolation, and provide a safe, inclusive environment.


Try the communal restaurant: The Taste Community Restaurant provides an innovative opportunity for the community to respond to hunger-related challenges. There are no prices on the menu. Everyone pays what they can and everyone dines together. No guest knows what another guest is paying, which brings a certain level of comfort and dignity to those in need. The program will provide over 100,000 meals to the community with 80% volunteer staff.


Imagine Science Dallas: The Metropolitan Dallas YMCA will work with three partner organizations to fill the gap in STEM programs within the Imagine Science Dallas program. The program serves underserved youngsters in grades 4 to 8 through practical MINT learning and contact with careers in MINT. It offers certified teachers, an individual curriculum per location and weekly meetings.

Project Innovation 2021 grants were awarded to eligible nonprofits in selected markets including New York (WNBC, WNJU), Southern California (KNBC, KVEA), Chicago (WMAQ, WSNS), Philadelphia (WCAU, WWSI), Dallas-Fort Worth ( KXAS, KXTX), Boston (WBTS, WNEU, nec), Hartford, CT (WVIT, WRDM), Washington, DC (WRC-TV, WZDC), Miami-Fort Lauderdale (WTVJ, WSCV), San Francisco Bay Area (KNTV , KSTS)) and San Diego (KNSD, KUAN).

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For a list of grants made to local organizations through the NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 Project Innovation Grant Challenge 2021, please visit the following websites: NBC 5 and Telemundo 39.

Via the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation
The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation works to drive initiatives across the societal needs and priorities of Comcast NBCUniversal. The foundation supports programs and organizations that strive to move communities forward. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies developing, producing and marketing entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a leading motion picture company, major television production companies, a leading television group, world-renowned theme parks and a number of leading internet-based companies. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.

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