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Motorola Solutions Foundation

About the Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, originally founded in 1953. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. 

Awarding over $9 million in grants in 2016, which supported more than 2 million students and first responders affiliated with about 200 organizations in 41 countries, our funding and involvement goes beyond helping those in law enforcement. The foundation also supports organizations that represent veterans, professional and volunteer fire service personnel, EMS professionals and disaster response professionals. In particular, the foundation focuses on:

  • Education – Supporting programs that advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, preparing our next generation of innovators

  • Public safety – Making our communities safer by using our leadership in public safety innovation to provide resources to first responders and the communities they serve

  • Disaster relief – Partnering with humanitarian organizations to provide relief to disaster victims and providing vital support to emergency workers who are at the front lines of disaster relief

  • Employee giving – Providing our employees with matching programs in the United States and globally



Grant applications are accepted only during certain time frames:

Applications for the Innovation Generation Grants for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs are accepted from January through February. Applications for Public Safety Grants are accepted from February through March. Applications for International Grants are accepted from March through May.

The grant programs are competitive and, due to the large volume of applications, not all organizations that apply will receive support. Please check back during the appropriate grant cycle timeframes for information on guidelines and application deadlines.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation does not accept grant applications via standard mail or fax. The online application process is the only accepted form of application.

Apply for a 2018 Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant


Innovation Generation (STEM) Grants in North America


Our Grants in Action

Supporting STEM education – and Champ (the German shepherd)
Jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are expected to grow 17 percent in the United States by 2018, but less than 20 percent of students are choosing STEM-related paths. It’s estimated that the U.S. might be short by 3 million high-skilled workers in 2018. 

Since 2007, the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided over $40 million in education grants to elementary, secondary and post-secondary STEM programs. 

One of these recipients is the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). Motorola Solutions Foundation and CFEF work together to support teachers and innovative school programs that highlight the benefits of careers in engineering and technology to students.

One of the schools chosen to receive support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation was Flagler Palm Coast High School’s i3 New Tech Academy in Florida. With this support, teachers engaged students in a competition to research and design a prosthetic leg for a dog named Champ who was wounded in a car accident. The goal of the competition was to show students how design and engineering can be used to improve the world around them.

After consulting with engineers, veterinarians and others, teams of students worked together to come up with different designs that would help Champ live a fuller, more comfortable life. 


Stepping up for community-police relationships
In 2015, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), launched the Institute for Community Police Relations to help communities and law enforcement agencies across the U.S. strengthen trust and collaboration while continuing to reduce crime. With financial support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the institute is focused on implementing recommendations from the 2015 White House Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing.

“Building and maintaining community trust is the cornerstone of successful policing and the generous backing provided by Motorola Solutions Foundation enables the Institute for Community-Police Relations to provide that support to state, local and tribal law enforcement,” said IACP’s President, University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary.

The Institute will work on identifying the most effective ways law enforcement and certain communities can work together to improve communication, increase understanding and reduce crime.  Then, the Institute will share those programs with other law enforcement departments around the country. 


Fire safety: Helping the Red Cross save lives in Africa
The Motorola Solutions Foundation has worked alongside American Red Cross chapters across the U.S. on a national fire preparedness campaign to reduce U.S. home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is now expanding our support to fund innovative initiatives in Africa to prevent fires and help train firefighters.

With support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the American Red Cross and International Red Cross are improving technologies in Africa that help disaster prevention and relief. To meet the unique needs of these communities, the Red Cross and Red Crescent partnered with two fire sensor manufacturers and a dozen companies to improve sensor technology for use in informal housing settlements. In 2015, they began installing the low-cost, smart fire alarms in thousands of homes across settlements in Nairobi, Kenya and Cape Town, South Africa. 

We also support the Africa Fire Mission, a nonprofit organization in the United States that delivers gently used equipment and much-needed training to fire departments in Africa. Africa Fire Mission and its team of experienced firefighters have trained and equipped  firefighters in Nairobi, Kenya with support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation. 

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