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Fort Worth, Texas (August 8, 2022) –Camp Fire First Texas is thrilled to share the following announcement from NBC 5, Telemundo 39 and Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation.

This originally appeared, in its entirety on July 27, 2022 on NBCDFW.com.

NBC 5, Telemundo 39 and Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation Award $315K in Project Innovation Grants to 9 Local Nonprofits

This is the fifth consecutive year NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 along with the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation have supported local nonprofit activities with Project Innovation grants

NBC 5, Telemundo 39 and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation announced that a total of $315,000 in grants is being distributed to nine local nonprofits through Project Innovation. The selected organizations have programs addressing local community issues through innovative solutions in the areas of community engagement, a culture of inclusion, next-generation storytelling and youth education and empowerment. This is the fifth consecutive year NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 along with the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation have supported local nonprofit activities with Project Innovation grants.

“Every year, we review dozens of applications, and we are always impressed at the number of organizations that are working to positively impact our community through such innovative programs and this year was no exception,” said Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 President and General Manager. “We are glad to be able to help them make a difference.”

Project Innovation is presented by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation through the NBC and Telemundo-owned stations located in 11 markets, including Dallas-Fort Worth. Grant applications were accepted in Spring 2022. The stations created and gathered community panels to review grant applications and select final recipients. This year, each participating market was allowed to award a maximum of 12 community organizations, providing a total of $3.475 million dollars presented to eligible nonprofits.

“The opportunity to dedicate these grants to organizations with programs that are finding ways to engage and grow our next generation is inspiring,” added Nada Ruddock, NBC 5 Vice President of Community Impact. “We are honored to be able to give back to our community through Project Innovation,” said Edwin Mendez, Director of Marketing, Telemundo 39.

Camp Fire – $50,000
Virtual Reality (VR) Learning in Grades K-12
Through virtual reality-focused activities, tinker spaces, and meaningful adult interaction, youth grades K-12 in local school districts are encouraged to explore their interests in a project-based approach that helps close equity gaps in education. The program will help students better understand and retain information and interact with the lessons they are being taught as well as engage in immersive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum in Camp Fire’s afterschool programs.