Neotrope Non-Profit PR Grants websiteNeotrope, a marketing, PR, and content development agency, on Thursday introduced its 2016 annual PR Grants program for U.S.-based 501(c)3 charities.

There is no fee to apply, and applications are being accepted now through Jan. 1, 2016.

Complete grant requirements and disclaimers can be found on the grants website.

As part of the program, Neotrope is providing news dissemination (through its Send2Press Newswire service) and social media marketing for the selected applicant charities.

The average value of each grant is $2,500 and will be offered to as many as 100 nonprofit organizations "doing good" on a local or national level for 2016.

Launched in 2000, the Non-Profit PR Grant was designed to help raise awareness of selected charities to traditional media, the public and potential "halo" sponsors and donors.

Starting in 2013, the Grant was re-named after the company co-founder, Dr. J.L. Simmons, PhD, who died in 2003. Now the Neotrope PR Grant program is known as the "J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant."