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 5 AWS Training Services Vouchers;
  • An opportunity for AWS marketing support.  

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


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Ushahidi is developing a machine learning engine to match resources with needs in humanitarian response.

Replate is building an application to eliminate food waste and enable food security by deploying technology that includes logistics and matching capabilities to efficiently deliver surplus food to people in need.

PATH is building a mobile application to match homeless individuals with housing through a map-based mobile platform leveraging chat-bot technology.

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CommunityConnect Labs is developing new applications and training tools to help nonprofit partners and local governments ensure a fair and accurate 2020 census count.

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

Tarjimly is launching machine learning-based tools for refugees to eliminate language barriers in times of crisis, enabling matching to volunteers who speak their language and dialect.

To hear the announcement of winners by Teresa Carlson, VP, WWPS at AWS, tune into the Worldwide Public Sector Breakfast recorded at re:Invent here and read the blog recap.

Any questions? Email awsimaginegrant@amazon.com.
 


To apply, we request that organizations submit an Amazon-style six-pager proposal following our provided guidelines. To download the 2019 AWS Imagine Grant Proposal Guidelines and Instructions and Terms and Conditions, click “Request Information” below and input your information. All proposals for the 2019 AWS Imagine Grant should be submitted by 11:59PM EST on September 15, 2019. The proposal submission portal will open on August 1, 2019. Please review the guidelines and instructions for additional instructions.

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. Or, email us with questions at awsimaginegrant@amazon.com. For technical questions about your proposal, email us at npofficehours@amazon.com.


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

Awards may include up to 5 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 npofficehours@amazon.com 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.

We accept proposals once annually. For 2019, anticipated key dates are highlighted below:  

Activity Date

Announcement of Grant Opportunity

June 15, 2019

Applications Accepted

September 1, 2019 – September 15, 2019

Notification of Awards

November 15 – 30, 2019

Awards Distributed

December 2019

 

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 August 1, 2019. You will receive a link to upload your proposal via the email address you inputted to download the AWS Imagine Grant Proposal Guidelines and Instructions. The submission portal will open August 1, 2019 and be open through 11:59PM EST September 15, 2019.