Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced the launch of the 2022 IMAGINE Grant Program, a public grant opportunity open to registered 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that are using technology to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Application instructions are available to download and submissions are due by June 1, 2022.
Now in its fifth year, the AWS IMAGINE Grant Program provides vital resources to nonprofit organizations looking to deploy cloud technology to achieve their mission goals. The program offers two distinct award categories for nonprofits to receive support based on its organizational goals and stage of its technology adoption journey. The award categories are as follows:
- Momentum to Modernize: As nonprofit organizations seek to transform and enhance their core mission operations with technology, they need funding for foundational technology projects, such as migrating servers to the cloud and modernizing new and existing applications. Nonprofit organizations with specific workloads and outcomes that meet the program criteria are welcome to apply. Projects may include but are not limited to: application migration and optimization, net-new application development, data warehouse projects and infrastructure expansion. Winners of the Momentum to Modernize award receive up to $30,000 in unrestricted funding, up to $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credits, and project implementation guidance.
- Go Further, Faster: The Go Further, Faster award will provide support for highly innovative projects that leverage the cloud. These projects will have the potential to produce scaled, repeatable solutions and may impact an entire industry or field. It will be force multipliers for organizations and may include the application of and/or seek integrations with advanced cloud services, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), high-performance computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and more. Winners of the Go Further, Faster award receive up to $150,000 in unrestricted funding, up to $100,000 in AWS Promotional Credits, and engagement with AWS technical specialists.
“AWS believes nonprofits should have access to the same innovative technology tools used every day by the world’s leading companies so they can be empowered to solve our world’s biggest challenges,” said Allyson Fryhoff, managing director of Nonprofits at AWS. “We’re excited to offer the IMAGINE Grant to support nonprofits in their digital transformation journeys, and we look forward to reviewing this year’s applications.”
Since the launch of the IMAGINE Grant program in 2018, AWS has awarded over $4.5M in unrestricted funds, AWS Promotional Credits, and AWS training support to 46 nonprofit organizations in support of its technology-driven goals. Each year, the IMAGINE Grant program seeks to fund nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a mission-critical application of technology that will result in magnitudes of impact for their beneficiaries and core mission operations. Proposals are judged on several factors including the innovative and unique nature of the project, impact on mission-critical goals, and clearly defined outcomes and milestones. Previous winners are currently using AWS services to tackle critical challenges such as ensuring access to clean drinking water for millions of people in developing countries, enabling life-saving interventions for service members and veterans at high risk for suicide, addressing climate change impacts worldwide, and more.
“The AWS IMAGINE Grant has been pivotal in not only providing vital resources to achieve our goals, but also helping us define our vision for how technology enhances our beneficiary experience,” said Jay Patel, head of technology, Jacaranda Health, 2012-2022 Imagine Grant winner. “Through our tech-enabled solution informed by deep field expertise, our project will improve the maternal health of millions of women in Sub-Saharan Africa and around the world.”
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