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Available now: The 2022 AWS IMAGINE Grant opens funding for nonprofits

AWS Imagine Grant 2021

Nonprofits are increasingly pursuing technology-centric approaches to accelerate the success of their mission. Some nonprofits are using cloud technology to share data and research to enhance collaboration, launch scalable beneficiary services to meet demand from clients, migrate existing IT infrastructure to increase speed and agility, and much more. But despite this growing appetite for digital transformation, funding for technology projects remains scarce in the nonprofit sector.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is committed to enabling the nonprofit sector with cloud technology tools and nonprofit-specific resources to help them innovate and expand their impact. The AWS IMAGINE Grant is designed to support nonprofits pursuing high-impact, innovative technology projects with vital financial and technical resources. Now in its fifth year, the program offers two distinct award categories for nonprofits to receive support based on their organizational goals and stage of their technology adoption journey.

The 2022 AWS IMAGINE Grant

Launching today, 2022 AWS IMAGINE Grant applications are open for nonprofits innovating in the following categories:

Momentum to Modernize

As nonprofit organizations seek to digitally transform and enhance their core mission operations with technology, organizations need funding for foundational technology projects, such as migrating servers to the cloud and modernizing new and existing applications. The Momentum to Modernize IMAGINE Grant award provides resources for these transformational infrastructure projects, along with AWS Promotional Credit and implementation guidance from AWS technical specialists. Projects may include, but are not limited to: application migration and optimization, net-new application development, data warehouse projects, infrastructure expansion, and more.

Momentum to Modernize awards packages may include:

  • Up to $30,000 USD of unrestricted financial support
  • Up to $10,000 USD in AWS Promotional Credit
  • Project implementation guidance from AWS technical specialist(s)
  • An opportunity for AWS marketing promotion

Go Further, Faster

The Go Further, Faster award provides support for think big projects that use cloud technology to support highly innovative ways to deliver on their missions. These projects have the potential to produce scaled, repeatable solutions and may impact an entire industry or field. These projects help expand the reach and services of organizations and may include the application of or integration with advanced cloud services, like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), high performance computing (HPC), Internet of Things (IoT), and more.

Go Further, Faster awards packages may include:

  • Up to $150,000 USD of unrestricted financial support
  • Up to $100,000 USD in AWS Promotional Credit
  • Project kickoff workshop and implementation guidance from AWS technical specialist(s)
  • Up to five AWS Training Services Vouchers
  • An opportunity for AWS marketing promotion

“The AWS IMAGINE Grant has been pivotal in not only providing vital resources to achieve our goals, but also helping us define our vision for how technology enhances our beneficiary experience. Through our tech-enabled solution, informed by deep field expertise, our project will improve the maternal health of millions of women in Sub-Saharan Africa and around the world,” said Jay Patel, head of technology at Jacaranda Health, one of the winners of the 2021 IMAGINE Grant awards.

How to apply for the AWS Imagine Grant

Both award categories are open to registered 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the United States of all sizes and mission areas. Application instructions are available to download today. Visit the IMAGINE Grant webpage to learn more about eligibility, application details, and instructions. Round One applications will be open from May 1 through June 1.

About the AWS Imagine Grant

Since the launch of the IMAGINE Grant program in 2018, AWS has awarded over $4.5 million in cash, AWS Promotional Credit, and AWS training support to 46 nonprofit organizations. Each year, the Imagine Grant program seeks to fund nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a mission-critical application of technology that can result in magnitudes of impact for their beneficiaries and core mission operations. Learn more about past recipients in our Powered by Purpose documentary series.

Download the 2022 AWS IMAGINE Grant application instructions now.

For more information about how AWS supports nonprofits, visit the AWS for Nonprofits and NGOs hub.

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