Amazon Web Services Launches Annual Grant Program for Nonprofits
Amazon Web Services, Inc., an Amazon.com company, announced the launch of the 2020 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. Applications open today, and proposals are due by September 30, 2020.
Now in its third year, the AWS Imagine Grant provides vital resources to nonprofit organizations looking to deploy cloud technology as a central tool to achieve mission goals. As part of the program, AWS is seeking proposals for big ideas on how to leverage technology in new and innovative ways to accelerate impact in local and global communities.
While the vision should be bold, proposals can be pilot projects, proofs of concept, strategic technology applications or existing nonprofit programs that utilize technology in a new or expanded way. Organizations selected for the Imagine Grant receive up to $100,000 in unrestricted funding and up to $100,000 in AWS Promotional Credits, in addition to other capacity-building resources, including training and implementation support. 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.
“At AWS, we believe that powerful technology combined with the talents and passions of individuals within nonprofit organizations is key to solving some of the world’s toughest challenges,” Dave Levy, VP, U.S. Government and Nonprofits, Worldwide Public Sector at AWS, said. “We’re committed to supporting nonprofit organizations nationwide who are prioritizing technology as a mission-critical component of their work, and we look forward to reviewing this year’s Imagine Grant applications.”
The Imagine Grant funds a diverse set of projects across the nonprofit and NGO sector. Previous winners are currently using AWS services to tackle critical challenges such as finding cures for childhood cancer, stopping illegal fuel dumping in oceans, giving unbanked populations a financial voice and helping veterans access critical support, among other mission areas.
“The process of applying for the Imagine Grant helped our teams think about our solution to meet the needs of breast cancer patients in a new way, and ultimately emerge with clearer thinking,” said Hope Wohl, CEO of Breastcancer.org, a 2019 Imagine Grant winner. “Thanks to the resources and support provided by AWS, we have had early success in developing a recommendation tool that will leverage AWS machine learning technology to help people affected by breast cancer find credible information, empowering them to make important choices for their health based on their unique cancer situation.”
Tens of thousands of nonprofits and NGOs worldwide use AWS to increase their impact and advance mission goals. Through multiple programs tailored specifically to the nonprofit community, AWS enables organizations of all sizes to overcome barriers to technology adoption, while enhancing the scale, performance and capabilities of mission operations.
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