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Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

Grants to USA and International Nonprofits for
STEM and Public Safety Education in Eligible Areas

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA and international nonprofits to provide funding for public safety and STEM education in eligible locations in Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Utah, Colorado, California, and Washington. An inquiry form is due by February 2, 2018. Funding is intended for programs that advance public safety education, STEM education with a specific focus on technology and engineering, and a combined public safety and technology and engineering education programs.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee volunteerism and education, especially engineering and information technology programming.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation team will then select those organizations that most align with the Foundation's public safety and/or technology and engineering education programming.

Overarching Priorities
- Impact: Organizations with proven evaluation processes, including quantifiable metrics and outcomes, will be prioritized
- Reaches females and other underrepresented populations
- Engages Motorola Solutions employees
- Leverages robust partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and institutions
- Exhibits strong organizational financial health

Technology and Engineering Education Grants:

Motorola Solutions Foundation supports science, technology, engineering, and math education programs because as a company of technology and engineering leaders, the Foundation believes it is critically important to support the next generation of innovators and change-makers.

Goals: To increase students' skills and interest in technology and engineering, improve engagement in stem careers, and provide professional development support to teachers across the globe.

- Engages students in innovative, hands-on technology and engineering activities, such as coding, programming, and robotics
- Provides vocational skills, scholarships, certifications and workforce placement opportunities in engineering and information technology
- Helps teachers improve their teaching of STEM subjects
- High priority will be placed on middle school-university programs

Public Safety Education Grants:

Motorola Solutions Foundation supports public safety programs because as a company that creates products and services to help create safer cities, the Foundation believes it is vitally important to provide programming to improve community policing relations as well as support the brave men and women who support the community every day.

Goals: To enhance community-policing relations, increase first responder effectiveness, support families of fallen first responders, and improve safety education for the general public.

- Provides professional development and training opportunities to first responders, including wellness programs
- Leads safety and disaster preparedness trainings for the public
- Prepares youth and young adults for careers in public safety through outreach, scholarship and educational programs
- Provides support programs to families of first responders
- Invests in education and training for public safety professionals as well as family of fallen first responders

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179995

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Request Maximum: $50,000

Term of Contract:

The Foundation does not accept applications for multiyear grants; however, many programs apply for a grant several years in a row.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The organization applying for grant funding must be registered as a 501(c)3 organization, NCES school or school district in the United States, or be able to provide completed charitable equivalency forms if an organization or institution outside the United States. However, organizations with different tax statuses may be part of a partnership.

Motorola Solutions Foundation strongly prioritizes programs within the United States and internationally that take place in or near the metropolitan area of Motorola Solutions offices.

Priority locations within the U.S:
- Midwest: Chicago (IL), Elgin (IL), Schaumburg (IL)
- East: Plantation (FL), Linthicum (MD), Lawrenceville (GA), Birmingham (AL)
- West: Salt Lake City (UT), West Valley City (UT), Westminster (CO), San Diego (CA), Seattle (WA)

Employee engagement is a criterion that Motorola Solutions Foundation will consider strongly. Those programs that currently engage Motorola Solutions employees as volunteers or board members will be prioritized, as will organizations that detail future volunteer opportunities.

Organizations may apply for a grant to purchase non-Motorola equipment, but equipment requests receive lower priority.

Motorola Solutions Foundation grant funds cannot be used to purchase Motorola Solutions equipment.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Motorola Solutions Foundation will host informational calls regarding our 2018 grant award cycle.

Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 12:00-1:00pm CST
Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 3:00-4:00pm CST
Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8:00-9:00am CST

Pre-Application Information:

The 2018 Motorola Solutions Foundation grant program is currently open. Inquiry forms for technology and engineering education and public safety education are being accepted through the online grants management database.
- All inquiry forms must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.
- Programs that best align with Motorola Solutions Foundation’s 2018 grant priorities will be invited to submit a full application in mid-March, 2018 with an application deadline of April 16, 2018.
- Grant award decisions will be announced by late-July 2018.

Organizations can apply for more than one grant; however, each organization will only receive funding for up to one request.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, please email the Motorola Solutions Foundation at:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama: Birmingham;   California: San Diego;   Colorado: Westminster;   Florida: Plantation;   Georgia: Lawrenceville;   Illinois: Schaumburg, Elgin, Chicago;   Maryland: Linthicum;   Utah: West Valley City and Salt Lake City;   Washington: Seattle

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.