The Annual Grant Program will help nonprofits run and operate their IT infrastructure at scale. But what is Amazon Web Services and how do you take a advantage of this great product as a nonprofit? Let’s find out.

All You Need to Know About Amazon Web Services’ Annual Grant Program for Nonprofits

 

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS is a subsidiary of Amazon.com that offers on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies, and governments – AWS provides a broad set of global compute, storage, database and analytics services with the security and reliability of AWS’s global infrastructure

AWS was launched in 2006 by Amazon.com. It has been the most popular cloud platform for a decade now. AWS has more than 70 services covering 10 technology areas: compute, networking, database, analytics, application services (including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud and Amazon Simple Storage Service), deployment and management (including Elastic Beanstalk), big data (Amazon Kinesis), security (Amazon Key Management Service), operations (Amazon Simple Systems Manager), artificial intelligence (Amazon Lex) and machine learning (Amazon Rekognition).

 

What is the Annual Grant Program for Nonprofits About?

This program is called the AWS IMAGINE GRANT. AWS and The Amazon.com Foundation launched the AWS IMAGINE Grant, a $1 million grant opportunity, to help nonprofit organizations in the US who are using cloud technology to solve the world’s most pressing challenges and making the world a better place.

Amazon’s goal is to “empower nonprofit organizations to prioritize technology as a mission-critical component of their projects and provide support for organizations pursuing technology driven goals. As part of the program, we are seeking proposals for pilot projects, proofs of concept, or existing programs that utilize technology in a new or expanded way.”

Ready to apply as a nonprofit? Here are the various categories to consider.

AWS IMAGINE GRANT Categories for Interested Nonprofits

 

The Momentum to Modernize Award

Many nonprofits require money for fundamental technology projects, such moving servers to the cloud and updating both new and old apps, as they attempt to use technology to alter and improve their core mission operations. These revolutionary infrastructure initiatives will get financing from the Momentum to Modernize grant, coupled with AWS Promotional Credit and implementation assistance. Nonprofits are encouraged to apply if they have specified workloads and results that satisfy the program requirements. The projects could involve infrastructure expansion, data warehousing projects, application migration and optimization, and more.

Award package includes:

Up to $30,000 USD of unrestricted financial support

Up to $10,000 USD in AWS Promotional Credit

Project implementation guidance from AWS technical specialist(s)

An opportunity for AWS marketing promotion

 

The Go Further, Faster Award

High-impact projects that use the cloud will receive support through the Go Further, Faster prize. These initiatives may have an industry-wide or field-wide impact and have the ability to develop scalable, repeatable solutions. In addition to seeking integrations with modern cloud services like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), high speed computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and others, they will act as force multipliers for enterprises. The Go Further, Faster Award comes with unlimited cash financing, AWS Promotional Credit, marketing assistance from Amazon Web Services (AWS), interaction with AWS technical experts, and more.

Award package includes:

Up to $150,000 USD of unrestricted financial support

Up to $100,000 USD in AWS Promotional Credit

Project kickoff workshop and implementation guidance from AWS technical specialist(s)

Up to five AWS training services vouchers

An opportunity for AWS marketing promotion