You Should Do This: 21st Century Solutions $50,000 Grant Challenge


Hey you, up in your sparkling ivory tower. What's the matter? You don't like free money? 

Now that I've got your attention, let me slip on my peacock sweater and hip you to something pretty cool from the NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC Chicago.

We partnered with our relative namesake to 21st Century Solutions, a "local grant challenge for nonprofit organizations implementing new and innovative programs." So, if you're doing something new and innovative in the nonprofit world, you could have a shot at a $50,000 grant. Two runners-up will each receive $25,000, which, as I probably don't have to tell you, is a lot of pickle money.

The foundation will accept applications for programs addressing emerging or ongoing issues in the following areas: arts and media, civic engagement, jobs and economic empowerment, community development, technology and innovation, education and environment. So, do it up, skip, if this applies to you.

You can apply here.

David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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