AWS IMAGINE Grant

A public grant opportunity open to registered 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the United States who are using cloud 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 provide support for organizations pursuing technology driven goals. As part of the program, we are seeking proposals for pilot projects, proofs of concept, or existing programs that utilize technology in a new or expanded way.

2019-2020 AWS IMAGINE Grant Winners

AWS IMAGINE Grant Award categories

The AWS IMAGINE Grant program offers two distinct award categories for nonprofits to receive support based on their organizational goals and the stage in their technology adoption journeys. As part of the program, we are seeking proposals from eligible nonprofits that fit the requirements below:

The Go Further, Faster Award
For nonprofit organizations advancing think big, mission-critical projects in the cloud

The Go Further, Faster Award

The Go Further, Faster award will provide support for highly innovative projects that leverage the cloud. These projects will have the potential to produce scaled, repeatable solutions and may impact an entire industry or field. They will be force multipliers for organizations and will include the application of and/or seek integrations with advanced cloud services, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), high performance computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and more. The Go Further, Faster Award includes unrestricted cash funding, AWS Promotional Credit, Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketing support, engagement with AWS technical specialists, and more.

Award package includes:

  • 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 Momentum to Modernize Award
For nonprofit organizations accelerating modernization and digital transformation efforts in the cloud

The Momentum to Modernize Award

As nonprofit organizations seek to transform and enhance their core mission operations with technology, many organizations need funding for foundational technology projects, such as migrating servers to the cloud and modernizing new and existing applications. The Momentum to Modernize award will provide funding for these transformational infrastructure projects, alongside AWS Promotional Credit and implementation support. Nonprofit organizations with specific workloads and outcomes that meet the program criteria are welcome to apply. Projects may include application migration and optimization, net-new application development, data warehouse projects, infrastructure expansion, and more.

Award package includes:

  • 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
 
 

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

2022 application cycle is closed

2022 winners will be announced in December. Subscribe to the email alert list to stay updated about the next program cycle.

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

Meet Our Winners

2021-2022 AWS IMAGINE Grant winners

The Go Further, Faster Award

American Forests

American Forests is scaling and enhancing the advanced analytics capability of the Tree Equity Score, a tool which helps cities in the United States address a problem that exacerbates social inequities and climate change impacts nationwide—there are often far fewer trees in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation is undertaking the creation of an industry-transforming digital arts education platform, which leverages advanced technologies to create an immersive arts learning environment accessible to learners of all ages from around the world.

charity: water

charity: water is reinventing how water systems are monitored and repaired by leveraging internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) to scale their water sensor solutions, ensuring access to clean drinking water for millions of people in developing countries.

Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE)

CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort)  is launching COREConnect, a unified disaster response tool that aggregates critical basic services during the recovery and preparation phases of the disaster cycle, enabling all service providers to collaborate within one interface and beneficiaries to receive the right services, faster.

Chrons and Colitis Foundation

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is leveraging next-generation technology and machine learning tools to gain deeper insight into the data and biosamples housed within IBD Plexus®, their scientific data sharing platform, to accelerate research and help individuals suffering from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

EB Research Partnership

EB Research Partnership is developing a first-of-its kind collaborative digital research platform to unite scientists, industry, and patients to accelerate outcomes in Epidermolysis Bullosa research and the field of rare disease.

Houston food bank

Houston Food Bank (HFB) is launching a comprehensive and scalable cloud-native digital logistics platform to better serve vulnerable populations facing food insecurity. This service will enable households to receive necessary deliveries and provide previously lacking data insights that will accelerate mission outcomes for HFB and food banks across the US.

National  Marrow Donor Program

Through the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR), NMDP/Be The Match is transforming its entrusted patient outcomes data through a collaborative data-sharing platform that includes advanced analytics. This solution under development will accelerate data-to-knowledge to improve patient outcomes, promote health equity, and increase survival rate for transplant patients.

Project CETI

Project CETI is using machine learning (ML) and state-of-the-art gentle robotics to collect and process whale bioacoustic data at the scale and level of detail never attempted before, in an attempt to decipher sperm whale communication and communicate back. In interpreting their voices, CETI aims to demonstrate that today’s most cutting-edge technologies can be used to benefit both humankind and other species.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics USA is developing an immersive digital experience at scale, elevating the way athletes, families, fans, coaches, and others engage during the 2022 Special Olympics Games.

The Momentum to Modernize Award

ACT

ACT is automating and scaling their data integration solution to aggregate student outcome data from multiple sources and reduce their manual analysis. This will increase their data validity, allowing more time to focus on their mission and help students achieve educational success.

Black Girls CODE

Black Girls CODE is dedicated to leveling the playing field for girls of color in STEM by utilizing Amazon CloudSearch to house and celebrate student technology projects as they participate in intensive virtual training sessions.

Easterseals serving District of Columbia (DC), Maryland, and Virginia

Easterseals DC MD VA is implementing a data lake solution to eliminate data silos across their organization to better understand and provide services to the thousands of people with disabilities, veterans, and other community members they serve each year.

International Association of Fire Fighters

The International Association of Fire Fighters is migrating and modernizing efforts to ensure effective communication during man-made and natural disasters so that affected jurisdictions can continue to provide adequate fire and emergency medical services to their communities.

Jacaranda Health

Jacaranda Health is embarking on an ambitious expansion of its evidence-based, tech-enabled programs to improve maternal health outcomes for over a million women across Sub-Saharan Africa.

March of Dimes

March of Dimes is migrating and modernizing their holistic digital presence, applications, and database to create an all-inclusive "virtual data center," allowing them to redirect cost savings to research, fundraising, and mission delivery.

New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic is expanding access to classical music through digital transformation. Their new infrastructure will empower a global userbase to engage with historical records dating back to the Orchestra’s founding in 1842.

Stop Soldier Suicide

In pursuit of its goal to reduce the military suicide rate by 40% no later than 2030, Stop Soldier Suicide is modernizing its mission applications, enabling real-time identification of service members and veterans at high risk for suicide and thus empowering immediate, barrier-free access to life-saving interventions.

Stroud Water Research Center

Stroud Water Research Center and partner LimnoTech, Inc are developing an IoT-driven environmental data sharing and visualization portal to build trust in water data by making those data findable, accessible, and interoperable across the internet. Monitor My Watershed empowers citizens, scientists, educators, and managers with knowledge of water conditions in real-time to help them advance stewardship of the world's water resources.

United Way (UW) Worldwide

United Way Worldwide is creating a universal single-sign-on (SSO) profile system to build direct relationships with people across its global footprint. This will enable United Way to become the destination for community connectedness for every person who wants to improve their community or access life-changing services.


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FamilySearch

FamilySearch is using machine learning for handwriting recognition to transcribe genealogically significant historical documents worldwide. Their database currently contains nearly 6 billion digital images, helping individuals make family and heritage discoveries. 

JDRF

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is leveraging big data, analytics, visualization, AI, ML, and augmented reality to create a cloud-based registry of data to accelerate cures, prevention, and treatment of Type 1 diabetes.

GBH

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

NatureServe

NatureServe is developing a cutting-edge biodiversity data and analytics solution to map species with high precision, model their habitats, and assess their risk of extinction.

Tessitura Network

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.

TrustLaw

Thomson Reuters Foundation's TrustLaw program is developing a digital platform to connect civil society organizations and social enterprises with pro bono legal support, research, and resources globally to achieve legal and policy reform.

  • FamilySearch
  • Kiva
  • Breastcancer.org
  • Tarjimly
  • PATH
  • Replate
  • Urban Institute
  • FamilySearch
  • GBH
  • JDRF
  • NatureServe
  • Tessitura Network
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • FamilySearch
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

    Childhood cancer takes the lives of more kids in the US than any other disease. Despite these staggering statistics, less than four percent of the US federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancer.

    The founders of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) know what it means to be impacted by this on a personal level, and they are on a mission to accelerate research that can end the suffering of hundreds of thousands of children worldwide.

    Learn how ALSF uses AWS to process the data of millions of publicly available samples to make them available and transparent for childhood cancer researchers, increasing research efficiency—and time to a cure—exponentially.

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • Kiva
  • Kiva

    Kiva believes in a financially inclusive world where all people hold the power to improve their lives. Financial systems exclude more than a billion people worldwide, preventing access to loans and vital services. This forces families to operate in unpredictable cash-only economies.

    Kiva needed to develop a systems-change approach to help address the biggest hurdles to financial inclusion. They did so by leveraging emerging technologies to solve this complex problem at scale.

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: Kiva
  • Breastcancer.org
  • Breastcancer.org

    For 20 years, Breastcancer.org has been a leading digital resource for people affected by breast cancer. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be confusing and overwhelming, which often yields an internet search of complex medical terms and difficult to navigate resources.

    Breastcancer.org seeks to alleviate that confusion by providing personalized, expert guidance and support to help individuals make informed decisions about their breast cancer treatment. By leveraging Amazon Personalize, Breastcancer.org can make custom-built recommendations for individuals navigating the ever-evolving and complex field of treatment and diagnostics.

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: Breastcancer.org
  • Tarjimly
  • Tarjimly

    Seventy five million people are displaced worldwide. These refugees are trapped by language barriers every day.

    Tarjimly believes it is a human right to be heard and understood.

    An idea stemming from the Syrian refugee crisis, Tarjimly launched a machine learning based tool for refugees to eliminate language barriers in times of crisis, enabling volunteers to match with refugees who speak their language and dialect.

    Hear their story.

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: Tarjimly
  • PATH
  • PATH

    The homeless face significant barriers when trying to find housing, and timing is crucial to ensuring quality of life.

    In 1983, Claire West Orr asked herself why she wasn’t doing more to help the homeless populations in Los Angeles.

    More than 30 years later, PATH is building a mobile application to match homeless individuals with housing through a map-based mobile platform leveraging chatbot technology.

    Learn how PATH uses real-time data to help people find homes.

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: PATH
  • Replate
  • Replate

    Forty percent of food is wasted in the United States. One in six people do not know where their next meal will come from.Often referred to as the Uber of food rescue, Replate has built an application to match surplus food to communities in need in real time. Replate uses technology to scale resources and has rescued more than 2 million pounds of food in three years.Find out how they do it.

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: Replate
  • Urban Institute
  • Urban Institute

    Policy decisions affect our everyday lives.

    Urban Institute is empowering policymakers, researchers, and individuals to use data for intelligent policy making. They are building a new API-first local policy data hub to empower policymakers and researchers to be proactive about using data for intelligent policy making.

    Learn how their new API-first data hub transforms communities.

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: Urban Institute
  • FamilySearch
  • FamilySearch

    FamilySearch International is nonprofit organization that began in the 1800s as the Geological Society of Utah. Now, it is a high-tech organization that gathers, digitizes, stores, and publishes billions of genealogical records that enable people to connect with their ancestry.
       
    To process data at this scale, FamilySearch uses AWS machine learning tools for handwriting recognition to expedite the transcription of genealogically significant historical documents worldwide. What was previously a manual process of transcribing handwritten documents in different languages, scripts, and formats is now automated by artificial intelligence.

    All of these resources are free and publicly available in service of helping individuals discover more about who they are. 

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: FamilySearch
  • GBH
  • GBH

    GBH is a public media station based in Boston, MA and the largest producer of content for PBS. From breaking ground on the invention of closed captioning in the 1970s to now leveraging the cloud to edit and produce media, innovating with technology is part of their DNA.

    GBH is implementing a highly scalable, cloud-based video editing system for public media organizations to deliver educational, illuminating, and inspiring content from anywhere in the world. By leveraging the ubiquity and convenience of cloud technology, GBH is democratizing access to quality media production, ensuring that the media represents everyone’s voices and perspectives.

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: GBH
  • JDRF
  • JDRF

    Type One Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that renders the body unable to make insulin. T1D affects more than 20 million individuals worldwide, and there is currently no cure. Today, research about T1D lives in siloed, disparate places in mutually incompatible formats across the research and clinical ecosystem, stymieing efforts to find a cure for this disease.

    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is creating a global Diabetes Data Platform (D2 Platform) that centralizes and harmonizes these data sources in a secure data lake, and democratizes access to the data for researchers, clinicians, and other key diabetes stakeholders to drive actions across the ecosystem for cure(s), prevention and treatment of T1D.

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: JDRF
  • NatureServe
  • NatureServe

    Humanity is facing the great sixth extinction right now: species on our planet are becoming extinct hundreds of times higher than the average of the past 10 million years. For over 50 years, NatureServe has leveraged technology, science, and big data to establish a biodiversity observation network, synthesizing species and ecosystem data from more than 100 independent organizations across the Americas.

    NatureServe considers itself nature’s technology firm. To enhance their capabilities, they are migrating their data infrastructure — storage, application, and analysis — to the AWS Cloud. This faster, cheaper, and more efficient collection and delivery of data enables NatureServe to help researchers, policymakers, and other land use better leverage data to protect our planet’s rich biodiversity. 

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: NatureServe
  • Tessitura Network
  • Tessitura Network

    Tessitura Network is a nonprofit member-owned technology firm devoted to advancing the business of arts and culture. Before Tessitura, cultural organizations like theaters, operas, symphonies, and museums relied on many different systems to interact with their beneficiaries, which proved to be confusing, costly, and ineffective. 

    To help cultural organizations around the world, Tessitura created a centralized technology platform that enables beneficiary touchpoints to happen together in a single place. To do this at scale and support a growing user base, Tessitura needed to migrate their existing on-premises systems to AWS.  

    Tessitura’s increased capacity to perform better and innovate faster on behalf of its members now directly helps the arts and culture sector survive, adapt, and thrive. 

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: Tessitura Network
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation

    Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and social enterprises need legal support to operate, scale into new countries and regions, and achieve policy and legislative change. These resources are often costly and hard to access. 

    Thomson Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw program, the world’s largest pro bono legal network, connects lawyers from leading law firms with civil society organizations to facilitate free legal assistance and enable groundbreaking legal research. By redeveloping the TrustLaw service into a world-class digital platform, TrustLaw builds a global community of changemakers fostering knowledge-sharing, learning and innovation, networking, and collaboration. 

    AWS IMAGINE Grant Winner: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Frequently asked questions

If you have a question that isn't covered on this page, please contact us.

  • Eligibility

    Who is eligible?

    • Nonprofit organizations with 501(c) status and based in the U.S. are eligible to apply. This is inclusive of 501(c)3 organizations, as well as credit unions, public utility organizations, and other 501(c)-designated entities.
    • Organizations with annual budgets of any size may apply for this program. AWS welcomes all causes and mission areas to apply, excluding educational institutions and select health care institutions. These institutions are currently outside of the IMAGINE Grant priority funding areas.


    Who is ineligible?

    • We are not accepting applications for the IMAGINE Grant from the following types of institutions at this time:
      • Primary or secondary schools;
      • Colleges and universities;
      • Healthcare institutions, such as hospitals or hospital systems.
    • AWS has programs designed specifically for the education and healthcare sectors. Check out AWS Educate and AWS for Health for solutions specifically designed for your sectors.


    What if my organization is based in the United Status with qualifying status, but serves beneficiaries in other geographies?

    • Organizations with active 501(c) status that serve beneficiaries outside of the U.S. are eligible to apply.


    Can my organization still apply if I have submitted an IMAGINE Grant in the past?

    • Yes. Organizations who have applied and not been awarded an IMAGINE Grant are welcome to apply again.
  • Program timeline and criteria

    Can my organization submit more than one idea within a category?
    • No. Each organization may only submit one application per award cycle.

    Can I apply for more than one award category?
    • No. At the time of Round One application, please select which category best fits your organizational goals.
     
    Am I required to be using AWS to apply for the IMAGINE Grant?
    • No. The use of AWS is not a requirement to apply for an IMAGINE Grant. As the award package includes AWS-specific resources, the IMAGINE Grant is best suited for organizations who do plan to incorporate AWS technology into their project design.

     
    When and how often are grants awarded?

    • We accept proposals once annually. Timeline for the 2022-2023 grant cycle is as follows:
      • Guidelines and instructions available: March 2022
      • Round one applications accepted: May 1 — June 1, 2022
      • Round two applications accepted (by invitation only): August 15 — September 15, 2022
      • Notification of awards: November 2022
      • Awards announced and distributed: December 2022
      • Grant term begins: January 1, 2023 — December 31, 2023 
     
    Who will evaluate the proposals, and when will I know the outcome of the review?
    • An internal AWS adjudication panel will review project proposals. We anticipate communicating the results per the application calendar. We will communicate the decision to the proposal contact listed on each submission. We expect the proposal contact to notify their organization about award decisions and administrative requirements. If your proposal contact changes throughout the application process, please communicate that change to us at awsimaginegrant@amazon.com

    Are there any preferred project areas?
    • We seek to fund a diverse set of projects that leverage cloud technology for mission impact across the nonprofit sector. All mission and cause areas are welcome, excluding ineligible organizations listed above.

    How do I submit my proposal?
    • The 2022-2023 IMAGINE Grant application cycle is now closed and winners will be announced in December 2022.
    • More information about the next IMAGINE Grant application cycle will be shared soon.


    What is the selection criteria?

    • AWS will judge proposals based on factors that include:
      • Innovative and unique nature of the project
      • Impact on mission-critical goals
      • Clearly defined outcomes
      • Succinctly defined milestones
      • Detailing and applicability of AWS services within the project scope
      • Viability of proposed sustainability plan
      • Comprehensiveness of applicant’s proposal and information requested
      • Submission of proposal in correct format and within program deadlines
     
    What if my organization is not ready to apply for the IMAGINE Grant? Are there other AWS resources for nonprofits?
    • Yes! The AWS Nonprofit Credit Program provides access to $1,000 in AWS Promotional Credit, enabling nonprofits to implement cloud-based solutions and meet their mission goals without upfront investment in physical infrastructure.
  • Application support

    Need help developing your proposal?

     
    My organization works with a Managed Services Provider (MSP)/technology partner, are they eligible to apply on our behalf? 
    • For specific questions, please email us or reach out to your AWS account manager.

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

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TrustLaw Director, Thomson Reuters Foundation

What’s possible: 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, AI, ML, 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

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

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

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

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 National Institutes of Health (NIH).

benetech

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 ninety percent of the world’s books.

C4ADS

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

Charity Navigator is leveraging ML and AI 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.