NBC4 Southern California to Award $200,000 in Grants to Nonprofits Solving Community Challenges

Local TV station is kicking off competition to award three grants to groups that address existing problems with fresh ideas

NBC4 Southern California is giving local nonprofit groups the chance to compete for $200,000 in grant money.

The competition, called the “21st Century Solutions” grant challenge, will award $100,000 to a first place winner. The two runners-up will receive $50,000 each. The goal of the competition is to single out non-profits that are solving community challenges by using innovative new approaches.

For example, last year’s winner, a group called Family Service Association, received $100,000 for its “MOBILE FRESH” program, which operates a health food grocery store on-wheels. Contest organizers say the grant money helped the nonprofit expand its reach to 1,300 residents in rural Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC Southern California just kicked off this year’s grant challenge. Nonprofits in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties are eligible to apply from May 26 to July 3. The winners will be announced in the fall.

Participating nonprofits need to address community challenges in the fields of Civic Engagement, Education, Environment, Jobs and Economic Empowerment, Media Arts and Technology.

The program is funded by the NBCUniversal Foundation in partnership with 10 NBC Owned Television Stations for a total of $1.2 million in 30 grants nationwide.

Interested organizations can apply online here, or view the eligibility requirements on NBC4’s website.