Amazon Web Services, Inc. has announced the launch of the 2021 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.
Now in its fourth year, the AWS Imagine Grant provides resources to nonprofit organizations looking to deploy cloud technology to achieve their mission goals. New this year, the program offers two distinct award categories for nonprofits to receive support based on their organizational goals and stage of their technology adoption journey. The award categories are:
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, infrastructure expansion, and more. 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 support.
Go Further, Faster — The Go Further, Faster award will provide support for highly innovative projects that leverage the cloud. Projects should have the potential to produce scaled, repeatable solutions and impact an entire industry or field. They also should be force multipliers for organizations and 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.
Proposals will be 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 finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes by leveraging the power of data, tackling conservation issues at scale with machine learning, helping the military and veterans community access resources faster, and more.
Grant applications are due by June 30.
For more information, see AWS Imagine Grant website.