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Motorola Solutions Foundation to Provide Grants for Science and Engineering Education

Non-profit organizations invited to apply for Innovation Generation grants to support, science, technology, engineering and math education

Submitted by: Motorola Solutions

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Academia

Posted: Feb 25, 2013 – 08:00 AM EST


SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Feb. 25 /CSRwire/ - The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), today announced that it will again provide funding to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs through its Innovation Generation grants. The annual program has distributed more than $25.5 million in grants since 2007 and hundreds of Motorola Solutions employees volunteer with grantees every year. In 2012, programs that received Innovation Generation grants will provide more than 170,000 teachers and students with high-quality STEM education.

Interested organizations can apply online through the Motorola Solutions Foundation website. The application deadline is March 29, 2013, and the awards will be announced in June 2013.

Eligible organizations can apply for two categories of grants:

         Local Impact Grants

  • Grants will target innovative and hands-on STEM education programs. 
  • Requests must be between $15,000 and $60,000 for projects that start after June 2013. 

            National Partnership Grants

  • Grants will support large-scale, multi-regional STEM education programs that impact at least 150 primary participants. 
  • The maximum request for National Partnership Grants is $250,000 and the minimum request is $50,000. 
  • Projects must start after June 2013 and may last up to two years.


  • According to President Obama, “in order to be globally competitive in the 21st century and to create an American economy that is built to last, we must create an environment where invention, innovation and industry can flourish.”
  • The Motorola Solutions Foundation promotes efforts to expand STEM education by awarding Innovation Generation grants. The Innovation Generation grant program helps students learn more about career opportunities in STEM-related fields through hands-on, interactive experiences.
  • Grants will support programs in the United States and Canada that engage elementary through university students and teachers in hands-on or creative STEM programming – especially girls and underrepresented minorities. 
  • Programs that focus on vocational skills and support for employment in technology- and engineering-related industries are eligible for funding in both categories.

Priority is placed on programs that accomplish one or more of the following:

  • Target Motorola Solutions communities in and around the greater metropolitan areas of:  Schaumburg, Ill.; Plantation, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; Columbia Md.; San Jose, Calif.; and Toronto, Ontario
  • Engage students in innovative, hands-on activities
  • Help teachers improve their teaching of STEM subjects
  • Teach innovative thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Focus on girls and underrepresented minorities
  • 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
  • Focus on vocational skills and certifications in engineering technology

Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation
“The Innovation Generation grants are part of our culture at Motorola Solutions to support the communities where we live and work. Our network of grantees, often in partnership with our own employees, has accomplished unbelievable strides in encouraging American youth to succeed in science and engineering education and pursue good careers in engineering and technology. We are thrilled to open the applications for this program for the sixth consecutive year.”


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.

About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter. Motorola Solutions trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “MSI.” To learn more, visit www.motorolasolutions.com. For ongoing news, please visit our media center or subscribe to our news feed.

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