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

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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 2021-2022 AWS Imagine Grant recipients

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

The Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) intends to transform 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.

2021 application cycle is closed

This year’s winners will be announced in December 2021. Subscribe to our email alert list and check back for updates.

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 support 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 support from AWS technical specialist(s)
  • An opportunity for AWS marketing promotion
 
 

The application cycle for the 2021 Imagine Grant is now closed. To receive information about the next cycle, please sign up for email alerts.

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

Hope Wohl Quote

The process of applying for the Imagine Grant helped our teams think about our solution to meet the needs of breast cancer patients in a new way and ultimately emerge with clearer thinking. Thanks to the resources and support provided by AWS, we have had early success in developing a recommendation tool that will leverage AWS ML technology to help people affected by breast cancer find credible information, empowering them to make important choices for their health based on their unique cancer situation.”

Hope Wohl
CEO of Breastcancer.org, 2019-2020 Imagine Grant Winner

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. 

These are the powerful stories of our past Imagine Grant winners

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  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • Code of Support Foundation
  • Creative Commons
  • Kiva
  • SkyTruth
  • Breastcancer.org
  • Tarjimly
  • PATH
  • CommunityConnect Labs
  • replate
  • Urban Institute
  • Ushahidi
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • 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
  • Code of Support Foundation
  • Code of Support Foundation

    One of the biggest challenges veterans face is finding the right resources among the many military and veteran service providers and support organizations. These programs and resources may often have specific eligibility criteria or limitations for benefits that are not always transparent. As a result, our service members, veterans, and their families spend hours trying to find a solution only to discover they are ineligible or that the help is no longer available.

    Code of Support Foundation developed a tool called PATRIOTlink to drastically improve the search functionality among these many resources, providing veterans and caregivers with more accurate and faster results for their crucial needs. Timing is everything, and by leveraging AWS, COSF is able to quickly get resources into the hands of those who need them most.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: Code of Support Foundation
  • Creative Commons
  • Creative Commons

    Throughout time and history, sharing knowledge and ideas has been a vital part of our culture. However, discovering and navigating this vast amount of content and knowledge can be difficult and often comes with the complex terrain of copyright and licensing issues. Creative Commons seeks to change that.  

    By using AWS to improve search and discovery, Creative Commons provides a wide range of content for all types of creators and reusers. Students, designers, researchers, educators, and more can access high-quality content to engage with confidence for any use.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: Creative Commons
  • 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
  • SkyTruth
  • SkyTruth

    Every year, millions of gallons of oil are intentionally spilled into the ocean from ships at sea, an illegal practice known as bilge dumping. This practice pollutes the ocean, sullies beaches and shorelines, hurts marine life, and impacts the lives and livelihoods of people living and working in coastal communities that depend on a clean, healthy ocean.

    SkyTruth developed a tool called Cerulean to use machine learning to automate the detection of bilge dumping, enabling the identification of vessels responsible for this pollution. Making this hidden problem both visible and measurable will give stakeholders new tools in the fight against environmental pollution.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: SkyTruth
  • 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
  • CommunityConnect Labs
  • CommunityConnect Labs

    What is the census? And why does it matter? 

    CommunityConnect Labs knows that being counted leads to greater access to resources for communities.

    It's why they've developed new applications and training tools to help nonprofit partners and local governments ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census. 

    Discover how they use technology to help every person get counted.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: CommunityConnect Labs
  • 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
  • Ushahidi
  • Ushahidi

    Climate-related disasters are on the rise. In just three years, Americans have spent more than $450 billion responding to climate change emergencies.

    Ushahidi is developing Kettle, a service to help individuals gain financial resiliency in the face of ongoing climate change disasters.

    Discover what drives Ushahidi.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: Ushahidi

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