Deadline for $100,000 Grant Challenge Quickly Approaching

NBC 5 and NBCUniversal are looking to give local non-profit groups money for fresh ideas that help our community.

We will be giving away $100,000 in three local grants as part of the 21st Century Solutions Grant Challenge.

The money handed out last year is already going to great use.

Kacey Cobb, 11, wants to be a pilot, and he is now on his way. He spent time in a flight simulator Tuesday and was able to take off pretty smoothly.

"It was hard to control. Really fun though," said Cobb.

It took some patience, hand eye coordination and a desire to learn more about aviation.

"My whole experience here has been perfect. I loved it," said 11-year-old Daffany Thomas.

The students are participating in a day program, and there are eight sessions. The kids spend the first day at Dallas Executive Airport, learning the basics of aviation. Day two is at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, where they take a tour, have a scavenger hunt and try the flight simulation.

"We hope they are really hooked on aviation. That is really our goal. We want these kids to realize that aviation is accessible to them, and they can pursue a career in aviation," said Dr. Jason Treadway, the director of education at Frontiers of Flight Museum.

The NBCUniversal Foundation will award a $50,000 grant and two $25,000 grants to organizations implementing new and innovative programs that make a positive impact on our community.

For all the information about applying, visit the 21st Century Solutions Grant Challenge page.

The deadline is fast approaching. You must submit your application by Aug. 8.

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