The AWS Imagine Grant Program is 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.

  • Up to $100,000 USD of unrestricted financial support
  • Up to $100,000 USD in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Project kickoff workshop and implementation support from 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.


The application cycle for the AWS Imagine Grant is now closed. Stay tuned for more information about the next cycle, which will be available in the summer of 2020.

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand | AWS Imagine Grant Winner

Alex’s Lemonade Stand is using artificial intelligence and machine learning on AWS to expand the annotation of genomic data. They will use this grant money to build out their refine.bio product, which will give childhood cancer researchers access to over 900,000 genomic samples to help find a cure for childhood cancers.

Code of Support Foundation | AWS Imagine Grant Winner

Code of Support Foundation is helping veterans and their families find resources they’re eligible for quickly and more reliably through their newly expanded cloud-based database – PATRIOTlink. This database matches veterans to legal, mental health, and financial services.

Creative Commons Corporation | AWS Imagine Grant Winner

Creative Commons Corporation is leveraging the power of image recognition and machine learning to improve metadata in search algorithms to enhance search results as it pertains to openly licensed content and public domain works.

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Kiva | AWS Imagine Grant Winner

Kiva is launching a platform to help the world’s 1.7 billion unbanked population. The platform will help them track credit history and verify identities, empowering this group of people to take back financial control in their lives.

SkyTruth | AWS Imagine Grant Winner

SkyTruth is using machine learning algorithms to analyze images that detect bilge dumping around the world. The analysis will be aggregated in a database that will then inform governments, activists, and researchers to ultimately help put a stop to the illegal practice of oil dumping at sea.

Breastcancer.org | AWS Imagine Grant Winner

Breastcancer.org is building a digital solution to better inform patient decision-making based off traditionally hard to understand pathology reports. This solution will help demystify the report for patients and give them the essential healthcare resources they need.

And congratulations to our 2019 runners-up: Atma Connect, Upsolve, Epilepsy Foundation, and World Resources Institute.

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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 six-pager format and within the deadline

The writing and review of six-page narratives drives the decision-making and innovation process at Amazon. To learn more, request the AWS Imagine Grant proposal guidelines and instructions and watch the informational video below.

Visit our AWS for Nonprofits page and learn more about our resources available for nonprofits. Email us with any general queries or submit technical questions about your proposal.


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

Awards may include up to five AWS Training Services Vouchers (subject to the AWS Training Terms & Conditions).

Awards may include AWS Promotional Credits that can be redeemed toward eligible AWS Services (subject to the AWS Promotional Credit Terms & Conditions).

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

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.

Have questions about technical aspects of your proposal? Our nonprofit Solutions Architects are here to answer your questions about AWS products, services, and getting started. Email us to have your questions answered by a member of our team.

 


Nonprofit organizations with 501(c) status and located in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Organizations with annual operating budgets of any size are eligible to apply for this program.

The AWS Imagine Grant awards may include:

  • Up to $100,000 USD of unrestricted financial support;
  • Up to $100,000 USD in AWS Promotional Credits;
  • Project kickoff and implementation support from AWS technical specialist(s);
  • Up to 5 AWS Training Services Vouchers;
  • An opportunity for AWS marketing support.

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

Project proposals will be reviewed by an internal AWS awards panel. We anticipate communicating the results per the application calendar. We will communicate the decision to the primary Authorized Representative listed on each proposal. We expect the primary Authorized Representative to notify their organization about award decisions.

We seek to fund a diverse set of projects across the nonprofit sector. All mission and cause areas are welcome.

The submission portal will open on summer of 2020. Sign up for email notifications here.