[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

The Motorola Mobility Foundation is accepting applications for the 2012 Empowerment Grants – a grant program designed to help U.S.-based nonprofit organizations develop mobile applications and use mobile technology that will help transform and benefit the communities they serve. The program addresses four areas of focus: education, health and wellness, community, and arts and culture.

Last year marked the launch of the Empowerment Grants program, which awarded funding to grantees covering a variety of outreach activities, ranging from technology-literacy education, teacher training, and driving solutions that promote healthy behavior via technology. Among the 2011 Empowerment Grant winners was the National Center for Women & IT, the Safe America Foundation, Project Exploration and Mighty Writers.

Who Can Apply

To apply for an Empowerment Grant, successful applicants must demonstrate ways in which digital and mobile technology can be used to further a nonprofit’s mission. They must also be:

  • A registered or incorporated 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization or a NCES school or school district
  • An online program based in the U.S., a U.S. national program, or based in the U.S. and serve communities in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania or Texas.
  • Aligned with funding priorities in the areas of education, health and wellness, community, and arts and culture.

How to Apply

From now until March 1, 2012, organizations can download the Empowerment App APP from Android Market. The app will provide more information about the grants program and the invitation code needed to access the full online application. After March 1, organizations can click here to apply.

Application Due Date

Applications for Empowerment Grants will be accepted through March 23, 2012. Grant recipients will be notified in May.

You can find more information about the Empowerment Grants program here,  or send an email to [email protected]

About Motorola Mobility Foundation

The Motorola Mobility Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Mobility. The Motorola Mobility Foundation focuses its funding on education, community, health and wellness and disaster relief. You can find more information on Motorola Mobility Corporate and Foundation giving here.