Motorola Solutions Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: Motorola Solutions Foundation is the philanthropic sister of the Motorola Solutions Corporation. The foundation supports science and technology education and public safety in the U.S. and 37 other countries.  

IP TAKE: The foundation accepts online inquiries through its website for grants of up to $50,000.

PROFILE: The Motorola Solutions Foundation, based in Chicago, Illinois, is the philanthropic sister of the Motorola Solutions Corporation, a U.S. communications technology company operating in 37 countries around the world. The foundation supports the communities in which it operates through its technology and engineering education and public safety funding initiatives. The foundation also runs disaster relief and employee-matching giving programs.

Motorola Solutions supports K-12 education mainly through its technology and engineering education program, which aims to “increase students’ skills and interest in technology and engineering, improve engagement in stem careers and provide professional development support to teachers across the globe.” The foundation prioritizes hands-on programs, vocational training, and professional development in STEM disciplines, emphasizing middle school through college grade-levels. Past grantees include Girls Who Code Clubs, a network of organizations that provide computer science education to over 30,000 girls in the U.S., and the National Society of Black Engineers, which operates SEEK, a free, out-of-school enrichment program providing STEM support to underserved minority students. Internationally, the foundation has supported Ruta N Medellín of Colombia, which provides extracurricular STEM education to high school girls, and Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow, a program that brings Israeli and Palestinian students together to work on individualized computer science projects in Tel Aviv.

Motorola Solutions also supports K-12 programs through its public safety initiative in the form of vocational training and awareness programs. In this vein the foundation partners with the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which provides programs that prepare students for careers in fire service to magnet high schools in the Los Angeles area. In Texas, the foundation has partnered with the Drugs Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation on outreach programs that teach children and teens about the dangers and consequences of addiction.

In the United States, the Motorola Solutions Foundation accepts inquiries in February, with applications due in April and notification of awards granted in July. The maximum grant amount is $50,000. Outside of the U.S., inquiries may be made directly to Motorola Solutions headquarters. The foundation provides lists of recent U.S. grants and international grants on its website.

Application for Motorola Solutions grants begins with the foundation’s online inquiry form.

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