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

Announcing the 2022-2023 AWS IMAGINE Grant recipients

2021-2022 AWS IMAGINE Grant winners

The Go Further, Faster Award

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Save the Children is building an “Ask Save the Children” application, leveraging AI/ML and a Data Lake to allow any parent, teacher, or public official to query Save the Children’s 100 years of knowledge on keeping children safe in a crisis.

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is leveraging a data warehouse and AI/ML to develop a multi-faceted view of their constituent data, which will enable the organization to expand and personalize its donor outreach.

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The International Society for Infectious Diseases is using AWS's multitude of "out of the box" services to modernize its global infectious disease surveillance platform, ProMED, which will improve its ability to find, and alert the world to, outbreaks across the world.

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Stop Soldier Suicide is using predictive modeling to uncover never-before-known insights from veterans who have died by suicide. These insights will be used to redefine signals of risks, advance methods of outreach and care, and ultimately prevent service member and veteran suicide.

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CARE will leverage AI/ML to collect and process paper-to-digital data at a scale and level of detail never attempted before in fragile and limited resource settings. CARE aims to demonstrate that today’s most cutting-edge technologies can be used to increase access to vital services for some of the most climate vulnerable populations around the world.

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Harmony Labs is using one-of-a-kind media behavior data in combination with AI/MLAI/ML to create a Democratic Media Index which will measure the effects of media content on U.S. public values, norms, attitudes, and beliefs that shape democratic culture.

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SIL International is curating multilingual text, audio, and video data sets representing 2,000+ living languages to better represent local languages in AI "foundation" models and Natural Language Processing (NLP) systems.

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Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is using AL/ML to create predictive modeling for its HIV/AIDS data lake, which will advance patient retention, prevention and treatment for pediatric AIDS.

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Tech Matters is creating an open source, cloud-based call center platform leveraging database and serverless technology in order to improve service delivery for crisis response helplines globally, with additional efforts supporting child helplines in Europe addressing the needs of Ukrainian refugee children.

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C4ADS is using natural language processing, analytics, and containerization to enhance its flagship data platform, Seamless Horizons. By increasing global data access and transparency, Seamless Horizons is helping to combat transnational illicit crime and protect our planet. 

The Momentum to Modernize Award

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is building a federated search interface for archival materials, through which a history of the center can be discovered through a public digital archive by patrons all over the world. 

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Reboot Rx is enhancing their machine learning algorithms and data infrastructure to identify promising generic drugs to repurpose for treating cancer, with the goal of accelerating the development of affordable treatments.

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is systematizing its approach to change management and data governance by unifying its 44 systems into a data lake and creating a 360 degree profile of its constituent groups.

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FINCA will make the impact of its global programs and investments available to the public through an interactive dashboard that uses data lakes and cloud-based infrastructure, invest in people so they can break the cycle of poverty in their lives.

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International Myeloma Foundation is modernizing its omni-channel experience platform that connects patients with services in order to improve patient care.

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Orange County United Way is enhancing a serverless application to accelerate the matching of housing voucher holders with available apartments, with the end goal of finding homes for more community members.

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Per Scholas is migrating their learner-facing technology to the cloud in order to help prepare more individuals traditionally underrepresented in the technology workforce for high-growth careers.

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Easterseals is improving the quantity and quality of its services by building an Education and Community Health Equity data dashboard, unifying its affiliates and service providers.

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The Bronx Defenders is modernizing outdated IT infrastructure to meet modern security requirements and development workflows, which will ultimately enable them to focus on their mission of defending low-income residents in criminal, civil, family, and immigration courts, while using our proximity to these legal systems to radically transform them.

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:

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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
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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



These are the powerful stories of our past IMAGINE Grant winners

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

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
  • 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

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What’s possible: 2020-2021 AWS Imagine Grant recipients

Winners

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 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.