Motorola Foundation focus areas include (1) educational programs that encourage an interest in science, technology, engineering and math, particularly among girls and the underserved minorities and (2) connecting the unconnected, namely “to help bring the transformative power of wireless communication to communities that might otherwise be overlooked.

A Motorola Foundation program of specific interest is Innovation Generation Grants, designed for organizations that engage pre-K and K-12 students, especially girls and underrepresented minorities, and to teachers in STEM programming. Eligible programs include afterschool and summer science enrichment programs, activities that promote innovative technology use, and teacher-training initiatives.  Priority is given to pioneering programs that engage students and teachers in innovative, hands-on ways; teach innovation and creative problem-solving skills; focus on girls and underrepresented minorities.


Resources for grants and competitive awards related to kids and creativity in a variety of activities.


The Grable Foundation’s overall vision is to help make life better for young people, to help them lead fulfilling lives and to  have hope for their futures.  This is done via a mission of helping children and youth to become independent, caring, contributing members of society by supporting programs critical to a child’s successful development.  As a self-proclaimed “outrageous ambition”, Grable would like to ensure that no metro area beyond the Pittsburgh region will endeavor more diligently, creatively, and cooperatively to enrich the hopes and dreams of all children.


Operates from the premise that while there have been “extraordinary advancements in how we interact with each other and the world, our system of education has been frustratingly slow to adapt.”  Called “Edutopia”, the vision calls for “a new world of learning. A place where kids and parents, teachers and administrators, policy makers and the people they serve, all are empowered to change education for the better. A place where schools have access to the same invaluable technology as businesses and universities — where innovation is the rule, not the exception. A place where children become lifelong learners and develop the technical, cultural, and interpersonal skills to succeed in the twenty-first century. A place of inspiration, aspiration, and an urgent belief that improving education improves the world we live in.”

Numerous teacher resources are provided for download.


MacArthur Foundation sponsored competition for projects involving participatory learning.  Application deadline has passed, but this web site will announce winners and spawn additional projects in this area.