NI Costa Rica Giving Guidelines

Grant Process for 100K Anniversary Funding

At NI, we believe that part of celebrating is giving back to our community. To observe the occasion of our 10th anniversary in Costa Rica, we will award $100,000 USD for two grants of $50,000USD each to two nonprofit organizations.

Giving Focus: Changing the faces of engineering—call for submissions

NI is dedicated to Engineering Hope for a better world, and we envision a world where the racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender representation of engineers matches that of society. NI’s 2030 Corporate Impact Strategy is our plan for how we will get there.


Our 2030 goals and commitments outline how NI will put our company, people, and products to work to positively impact society and our planet. We are working toward this vision by increasing our workforce’s diversity, supporting aspiring engineers, and creating a greater sense of belonging in our industry.


One of our corporate impact pillars is “Changing the Faces of Engineering.” This means we are committed to supporting aspiring engineers and increasing the diversity of the engineering talent pipeline. We support organizations that bring hands-on, immersive STEAM learning experiences to economically disadvantaged populations, girls, people of color, and other underrepresented groups.


Each year through 2030, we will advance STEAM education initiatives serving underrepresented or economically disadvantaged students. For this grant program, we are looking for Costa Rican nonprofits that impact the community through STEAM education.

How to Participate

Complete the two-step process to apply for one of the two $50K grants:

  1. Create an account and confirm your organization’s eligibility by filling out this form by Friday, August 13. You will be notified by Monday, August 23rd if you are going to be considered for the next phase. The email will contain a link to an online grantee portal where each organization will complete the full NI Costa Rica 10th Anniversary Grant Application.

  2. The deadline to complete the application for the second phase is: from August 23 to September 3, 2021.

A team of grant reviewers will review and score all submissions. The grant award winners will be announced by the first week of October 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline?

  • There are two deadlines. The first deadline to apply is Friday, August 13, 2021. You will be notified by Friday, August 20th if you are going to be considered for the next phase. The email will contain a link to an online grantee portal where each organization will complete the full NI Costa Rica 10th Anniversary Grant Application.

  • The deadline to complete the application for the second phase is: from August 23 to September 3, 2021.

What types of organizations are eligible?

Generally, organizations that are certified as 501(c)(3) nonprofits in the United States (or the global equivalent) are eligible to apply for this grant from NI. 


The following are NOT eligible:


  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Organizations focused on disease-related research
  • Government agencies 
  • Individual K-12 schools
  • Religious organizations 
  • Fraternal and political organizations
  • Athletic institutions 

How do I know what amount to apply for?

The total grant is for $100,000 USD divided into $50,000 USD for 2 NGO’s. The winning nonprofit will go through a final vetting process with Austin Community Foundation and will be required to submit additional information as part of an auditing process before the funds are granted. Once all the details have been evaluated and confirmed, the contract will provide for a two-year funding process ($25,000 USD in year one and $25,000 USD in year two).

What are the criteria for judging grant applications?

We will review the organization’s local impact and ability to provide volunteer opportunities for NI employees. We also evaluate the diversity of each organizations staff, leadership, and the population it serves. See the following information for more details:

Attract Diversity

  • Must have mission/mechanism for targeting underrepresented students
  • Title 1 schools, special programs or partnerships, and so forth
Meet Students Where They Are
  • Most successful programs meet underrepresented students “where they are”
  • Must be associated with a school/university, after school at school1, or work program
Hands-on Learning
  • Must have high-quality curriculum or project-based learning for the students.
  • Must have opportunities for volunteering/mentoring
  • Must be local/regional or pipeline to NI in some form
Build Engineers!
  • Must shape identities and build future software or hardware engineers
  • Must have scalable/wide reach


1 Must provide transportation for after school program

Who can I contact with questions?

Email Adriana Díaz