AWS Imagine Grant Program

A public grant opportunity open to registered 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the United States who are using technology to solve the world's most pressing challenges.

Our goal is to empower nonprofit organizations to prioritize technology as a mission-critical component of their projects and to provide support for organizations pursuing technology-driven goals. As part of the program, we are seeking proposals for pilot projects, proofs of concept, strategic technology planning, or existing programs that utilize technology in a new or expanded way.

Organizations selected for the AWS Imagine Grant may receive the following resources:

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

*AWS reserves the right to determine actual awarded amounts at its sole discretion.

How to apply

The application cycle for the 2020 AWS Imagine Grant is now closed. Submissions were due by September 30, 2020. To receive information about the next available cycle in 2021, please sign up for email alerts.

Program features

Funding

Funding is distributed at the organizational level and structured as a one-time, unrestricted gift.

Training

Awards may include up to five AWS Training Services Vouchers (subject to the AWS Training terms and conditions).

AWS Promotional Credit

Awards may include AWS Promotional Credit that can be redeemed toward eligible AWS Services (subject to the AWS Promotional Credit terms and conditions).

AWS Kickoff Workshop

Organizations may have the opportunity to participate in a kickoff workshop with AWS technical specialists to help guide strategy and project implementation.

Storytelling

Organizations may have the opportunity to work with the AWS marketing team to create a project impact story that may be used to generate visibility for their organization. Recipient organizations must be willing and able to provide project details to AWS for the purpose of creating a case study, reference, podcast episode, or testimonial based on their program involvement.

Technical support

AWS has a multitude of self-service resources, success stories, and training resources. Additionally, attend our virtual office hours for interactive service demonstrations and Q&A with AWS solutions architects.

For specific questions, email us or reach out to your AWS account manager.

Past winner impact stories

Spend a day in the life of six AWS Imagine Grant recipients with our AWS Imagine Grant documentary series: Powered By Purpose, a Humanitarian Cloud Journey.

2020-2021 AWS Imagine Grant Recipients

Winners

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Data and Technology Team, in collaboration with other business partners within the organization, is leveraging big data, analytics, visualization, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality to create a comprehensive, cloud-based, secure registry of diabetes data to drive the right actions across the diabetes research ecosystem to accelerate cures, prevention, and treatment of Type 1 diabetes.

NatureServe

NatureServe is reimagining bioinformatics to better address threats to biodiversity on our planet. They will develop a cutting-edge biodiversity data and analytics solution for mapping species locations with high precision, modeling their habitats and assessing their risk of extinction.

FamilySearch

FamilySearch is using machine learning for handwriting recognition to support and expedite the transcription of genealogically significant historical documents worldwide at scale across multiple languages, regions, and dialects. The free searchable indexes help individuals make family and heritage discoveries. Their historical records database currently contains nearly 6 billion digital images.

Thomson Reuters Foundation is developing a ground-breaking digital platform empowering civil society organizations and social enterprises at the frontlines of protecting human rights to access free legal support and customized opportunities for learning, knowledge-sharing, innovation, and collaboration. Their program, TrustLaw, will use this platform to facilitate access and delivery of pro bono legal support, research, and resources for organizations across the globe to achieve social justice and advocate for legal and policy reform.

Tessitura Network is innovating with technology to transform the business of arts and culture. They are delivering secure, advanced digital capabilities to make it easier for cultural organizations to achieve their goals.

GBH is implementing a highly scalable, cloud-based video editing system to transform the way public media organizations are able to deliver educational, illuminating, and inspiring content that fosters citizenship nationwide. 

Runners-Up

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®), a world leader in medical imaging and radiation oncology research, is using artificial intelligence to automate pixel cleaning related to COVID-19 and other research areas to make data available that will profoundly impact public health. They are co-leading this effort in collaboration with the NIH.

Benetech is revolutionizing how printed books are made accessible for individuals with reading barriers. Conversion of printed books into accessible formats driven by machine learning and neural processing will be life-changing for the 375 million or more people worldwide with blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers who cannot access 90% of the world’s books.

C4ADS is revolutionizing transparency in the aviation sector by launching the first uncensored flight and aircraft data analytics platform. Their platform, Icarus Flights, empowers journalists and investigators to identify and track aircraft associated with corrupt leaders, perpetrators of human rights abuses and environmental crime, and conflict supply chains.

Charity Navigator is leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence modeling technologies to identify BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color) led and founded nonprofits to use in evaluating the diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments of nonprofits and drive funding to organizations working to serve BIPOC communities. 

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