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Empowerment Grants to Fund Digital and Mobile Learning Projects

The 2012 Empowerment Grants, a relatively new grant program from the Motorola Mobility Foundation, will fund a number of education programs looking for support in developing and using mobile applications to further their goals.

Now in its second year, the grant funds programs from schools, districts, and other nonprofits that foster innovation. This year’s focus is specific to mobile applications, digital technologies, and projects that revolve around digital storytelling, engaging others through social media, crowd sourcing, and gamefication in education.

Last year’s grant recipients included education programs ranging from technology-literacy education to teacher training.

"We're very excited to offer a program that will help nonprofits create mobile applications and use mobile technology in a way that has such a positive impact on the future of their communities and their efforts," said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Mobility Foundation in a statement. "The Empowerment Grants program represents our ongoing commitment to providing critical resources that empower people to communicate more effectively, access valuable information and learn in a more personalized way."

Full applications will be available online starting March 1. Android users can download a special app for an invitation code to access the application early. For more information about the Empowerment Grants program visit or email [email protected]. Applications will be accepted through March 23.

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Stephen Noonoo is an education technology journalist based in Los Angeles. He is on Twitter @stephenoonoo.