OVERVIEW: The Motorola Solutions Foundation invests in education, public safety, and disaster relief.
IP TAKE: Motorola awards grants for general operating support more often than those designated for specific projects.
PROFILE: The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the communications solutions and technology company Motorola Solutions. Originally founded in 1953, the foundation “supports organizations that represent veterans, professional and volunteer fire service personnel, EMS professionals and disaster response professionals.” Areas of grantmaking include education, public safety, and disaster relief.
While the foundation does not have a grantmaking program dedicated to girls and women, it has a history of supporting programs “reaching females and other underrepresented populations,” particularly in the science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM fields. For example, DiscoverE is a past grantee, having received an award for its Girl Day program encouraging 500,000 K-12 girls to explore engineering. Other grantees include the Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Who Code, Girlstart, and the Society of Women Engineers. Click here to learn more about select Motorola grantees.
Motorola limits its grants to a maximum of $50,000. Although the foundation awards grants to organization located in metropolitan areas where Motorola Solutions has offices, it gives priority to program taking place in Birmingham, Alabama; San Diego, California; Westminster, Colorado; Plantation, Florida; Lawrenceville, Georgia, Schaumburg/Elgin, Illinois; Chicago, Illinois; Linthicum, Maryland, West Valley City, Utah; and Seattle, Washington.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry. The deadline for inquiry submissions is typically toward the end of February. Grantseekers can email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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