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NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago announced the launch of its annual 21st Century Solutions competitive grant challenge.  The program will award grants totaling $100,000 to three local nonprofit organizations that are Making A Difference by finding innovative solutions to Chicagoland’s toughest challenges.

Applications are being accepted now from qualified 501(c)(3) organizations in the categories of civic engagement, education, environment, jobs and economic empowerment, media and technology for good. One winning organization will receive $50,000 and two runners-up will receive $25,000 each. Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 26 at   Grant recipients will be announced by the end of 2016.

Interested 501(c)(3) organizations in Chicagoland area wishing to compete in the grant challenge can find more information on eligibility requirements and the application link by logging on and searching “solutions”.

The 21st Century Solutions grant challenge is funded by the NBCUniversal Foundation in partnership with NBCUniversal-owned television stations to support nonprofit organizations that are challenging conventional thinking and putting innovative ideas into action. This year, the program will award 30 grants totaling $1.2 million.  Since the program’s inception in 2012, 21st Century Solutions has awarded approximately $4.8 million to 120 non-profits in the 10 markets.