UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – (June 3, 2019) – NBC4 / KNBC, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles / KVEA and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation awarded five local nonprofit organizations $225,000 under its Project Innovation program. The winning organizations were selected by the local news stations to fund programs that are addressing local community issues throughout Southern California among four grant categories in storytelling, culture of inclusion, youth education and community engagement. Project Innovation is in its second year to award grants to nonprofits, bolstering the total to $450,000 to strengthen local communities. The grant challenge kicked off in January and opened to all eligible nonprofit organizations to compete for the funding.

“This year’s recipients are taking on the important issues facing our community,” said Steve Carlston, President and General Manager of NBC4. “Through the Project Innovation grant, the groups will be better positioned to expand many crucial services.”

“We are pleased that our grant program is creating a local impact by providing funding opportunities to nonprofits who serve our communities with needed resources and programs,” said Celia Chavez, President and General Manager, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles. “We look forward to seeing the impact of the 2019 grantees for years to come.”

This year’s Project Innovation 2019 grant recipients include:

AltaMed Health Services – $75,000

The “My Vote. My Census. My Health. Mi Voto. Mi Censo. Mi Salud” program empowers Latinos and Millennials living in Los Angeles and Orange County to take an active role in political elections and the upcoming 2020 Census. The Project Innovation grant will help AltaMed continue their voter education, empowerment and mobilization efforts of Latinos around critical electoral events and policy decisions.

LA Conservation Corps - $50,000

Through the “Green Career Pathways” program, Corpsmembers can now connect with jobs in green sectors including urban forestry, recycling, clean energy, sustainable construction, or alternative transportation/manufacturing, and be inspired to become stewards of the environment.

Get Lit Words Ignite – $50,000

The “Literary Riot Media” program is a youth-run, diversity-driven filmmaking program, creative and poetry production space for youth to share their collective ideas and voices.

Taller San Jose Hope Builders – $25,000

The “Hope Builders’ Workforce Training” program provides disadvantaged youth in Orange County with training in healthcare, information technology, construction and business administration, and also provides services including case management, educational advancement and job support.

Hillsides - $25,000

Hillsides’ “Youth Moving On” (YMO) workforce development program allows transition-aged youth 16-25, often homeless or exiting foster care, to build skills that will enable them to achieve financial self-sufficiency, well-being, and independence. Based at the drop-in Peer Resource Center in Pasadena, the program offers a job readiness curriculum, paid internships, referrals, and support services and YMO will expand to East Los Angeles.

Project Innovation 2019 grants were presented to eligible nonprofit organizations located in select markets serviced by NBC and Telemundo owned stations, including New York (WNBC, WNJU), Southern California (KNBC, KVEA), Chicago (WMAQ, WSNS), Philadelphia (WCAU, WWSI), Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS, KXTX), Boston (WBTS, WNEU, NECN), Hartford, CT (WVIT, WRDM), Washington, D.C. (WRC-TV, WZDC), Miami-Fort Lauderdale (WTVJ, WSCV), San Francisco Bay Area (KNTV, KSTS), and San Diego (KNSD, KUAN).

To see the list of all Project Innovation 2019 winners, click here. For information about the stations’ community news visit and

About NBC4 Southern California

NBC4 Southern California is the West Coast flagship station of the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, serving the vast region since 1949. NBC4 produces 43 hours each week of local news and weather, and the station features the largest award-winning investigative unit in Southern California. NBC4’s news operation has received nearly every industry award bestowed on local news, including numerous Los Angeles Emmy and Golden Mike Awards, two national and two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a Peabody Award. NBC4 news is delivered across the main broadcast on channel 4, at, and through multiple interactive social media platforms 24/7. The NBC Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal, also operates COZI TV (, a national network that brings viewers some of America’s most beloved and iconic television shows and movies.

About Telemundo 52 Angeles

Telemundo 52 / KVEA is Telemundo’s West Coast flagship television station, serving the Spanish-speaking community in the Los Angeles market. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 52 has been delivering local news, information and entertainment to viewers throughout Southern California for nearly 30 years, reaching approximately 10 million viewers in five counties. Viewers turn to Telemundo 52 for breaking news, weather and sports headlines across a variety of platforms, including online at and via mobile and social media channels. Today, Telemundo 52 produces nearly 30 hours of local news and programming each week and demonstrates its commitment to the community by cultivating local partnerships and capturing the diversity of Southern California.

About Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation

The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation works to advance initiatives at the cross-section of societal needs and Comcast NBCUniversal’s priorities. The Foundation supports programs and organizations that strive to move communities forward. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.


Kim Dutton

Telemundo 52 Los Angeles
Lizette Carbajal