Motorola Solutions Foundation: Grants for Science Education

OVERVIEW: The philanthropic branch of Motorola Solutions funds public safety, first responders, disaster relief, and education emphasizing STEM-related disciplines.

IP TAKE: Motorola seeks grantseekers working to stimulate young people's interest in STEM studies, improve postsecondary STEM training, and reach underrepresented groups in the STEM fields. Motorola prioritizes projects in areas where it has a corporate presence.

PROFILE: Created in 1953, the Motorola Solutions Foundation is the philanthropic branch of Motorola Solutions. Founded in 1928, the company makes police cameras, two-way radios, and network equipment. The foundation works to benefit the communities where the company operates by funding “public safety and educational grants that help inspire the engineers and innovators of tomorrow.”

The foundation prioritizes work that encourages young women and other underrepresented groups to pursue studies in STEM. However, the foundation’s stated science education priorities are “STEM education, specifically focused on technology and engineering” and “blended public safety and technology & engineering education programs.”

In primary and secondary education, past grantees include a wide range of recipients and programs, including K-12 school systems, scholarships, teacher development, professional associations, and youth programs.

Past higher education grantees are plentiful and include both pre-college and university education initiatives. Funded projects include career development for Latinos with STEM degrees, university faculty mentorships for graduate students, connecting teenagers with STEM undergrads, and a summer program for First Nation K-12 students. Other past higher education STEM grants support outreach to stimulate interest in STEM among middle and high school students, especially girls and ethnic minority students.

While itemized grant amounts are not available on the foundation’s web site, the foundation states that awards range from $10,000 to $50,000 and average about $30,000. A complete listing of the previous year’s grant recipients as well as funding-year specific documents outlining the application process, funding priorities, and FAQs can be found on the right-hand side of the foundation’s home page. Motorola prioritizes projects in areas where it has a corporate presence. For the U.S., this includes the cities and surrounding regions of Chicago, IL; Plantation, FL; Columbia, MD; Westminster, CO; Lawrenceville, GA; San Diego, CA; Seattle, WA; Salt Lake City, UT, Farmer Branch and Houston, TX; New York City, NY; and Tempe, AZ.

Motorola releases new grant announcements each funding year, and initial deadlines usually fall in January or February. Submit applications online using the inquiry form. Programs that best align with Motorola’s funding priorities will be invited to submit a full application in the spring. Check Motorola's website to stay up-to-date on guidelines and application deadlines.

Applying for funding through Motorola is an open but competitive process, and organizations outside the U.S. are also eligible to apply. Email with questions regarding eligibility.