The window opened June 6 (and closes Aug. 26) to apply for $1.2 million in grant money in NBCU's fifth annual 21st Century Solutions challenge.
The company will award 30 grants to local non-profits in its owned TV station markets—New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C., Miami-Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Connecticut.
One winner and two runners up will be picked in each market, with recipients named in late 2016.
So far, the program has awarded $4.8 million to 120 nonprofits.
Past winners include Girls Write Now (New York) for its Digital Media Mentoring Program, which pairs aspiring writers with writers and media professionals; Operation Renewed Hope Foundation (Washington D.C.), for a program to provide housing for at-risk veterans and their families; and A Place Called Home (Los Angeles), for its Nutrition and Urban Agriculture Program.
Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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