January 26, 2012
Motorola Solutions Foundation to Provide $4.9 Million to Fund Science and Engineering Education in the U.S.
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Jan. 26, 2012 –The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), today announced that it will provide $4.9 million in 2012 funding to U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs through its Innovation Generation grants program. The annual program has distributed more than $25.5 million in grants since 2007 and has incorporated hundreds of Motorola Solutions employee volunteers through mentorship opportunities with grantees.
- The Motorola Solutions Foundation's Innovation Generation grant program is designed to inspire students to learn about science and generate interest in science-related careers.
- The grant will be allocated by two categories:
- Local Impact Grants target innovative, hands-on STEM education programs for U.S. elementary through university students and teachers.
- Grant requests must be between $15,000 and $60,000 for projects that start after June 2012.
- National Partnership Grants support large-scale, multi-regional STEM education programs that impact at least 150 primary participants.
- Grant requests must be between $50,000 and $250,000 for projects that start after June 2012. Projects may last up to one year.
- Priority will be placed on programs that:
- Serve the Motorola Solutions communities in and around the greater metropolitan areas of: Columbia, Md.; Holtsville, N.Y.; McAllen, Texas; Plantation, Fla.; San Jose, Calif.; and Schaumburg, Ill
- Focus on girls and underrepresented minorities
- Teach not only STEM but also innovative thinking and creative problem-solving skills
- Provide opportunities for Motorola Solutions employees to volunteer
- Demonstrate measurable change in STEM awareness, skills or education through the use of evaluation systems and appropriate measurement tools
- Collaborate with other STEM education providers or institutions
- Demonstrate the ability to move students through the pipeline to more advanced STEM education or careers
- Interested organizations are invited to apply online for Local Impact Grants here and National Partnership Grants here. The application deadline is March 23, 2012.
Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation
“The Innovation Generation grants truly have become a part of our culture at Motorola Solutions. Our network of grantees, often times mentored by our own employees, has accomplished unbelievable strides in encouraging and facilitating STEM experiences in the U.S. We are thrilled to open the applications for this program for the sixth consecutive year, adding to our network of grantees and supporting another year of interactive STEM programming.”
- For complete details on the Innovation Generation grants program and to apply, visit the Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation website.
- Follow the Motorola Solutions Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.
About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. 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. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.