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Grants to USA and Puerto Rico Nonprofits, Schools, and Libraries
for Hands-On Technology Education Programs for Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Best Buy Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/31/19 5:00 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 to USA and Puerto Rico nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries for hands-on technology education with the latest software and tools to help teens build skills that will enable them to succeed in future education and career efforts. Funding is intended to provide underserved youth aged 13-18 with access to new technologies and to help them develop skills in digital learning. Special consideration will be given to programs that exclusively serve girls in an effort to increase their tech skill fluency.

The Best Buy Foundation is seeking local organizations with a demonstrated track record for building skill proficiency in technology through out-of-school time programs.

Programs should help teens build tech skills by utilizing cutting-edge technology such as computers, digital cameras, video cameras, and professional software in a wide range of areas including (but not limited to):
- Audio production (including music mixing and recording)
- Website development
- Computer maintenance and repair
- UX and UI (user experience and user interface)
- Digital arts such as graphic design and photography
- Cybersecurity
- Mobile and game app development
- 3D animation
- Programming and coding
- Virtual reality and augmented reality
- Robotics
- Green technology

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181255

Estimated Size of Grant:

Program grants are not to exceed $15,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant will support the operation of the program for one-year. Grant recipients will be eligible to apply the following year for funding, there are no guarantees of renewed funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Minimum eligibility criteria include:
- Eligible nonprofits may be a public or nonprofit community-based organization (e.g., community center, school or library) with existing local out-of-school time program and a proven track record of serving youth ages 13-18.
- Programs must be located within a non-profit organization targeting teens in under-resourced communities.
- Programs must operate within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or other Best Buy center of operations (e.g., warehouse, corporate headquarters, Geek Squad Service Center, etc.) to allow for Best Buy employee volunteer participation (if appropriate).
- Commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- Organizations within the Twin Cities seven-county metro area are eligible and can apply for Best Buy Foundation support through the Community Grants Program or Twin Cities Fund, but not both.

Best Buy Foundation will not fund a program as the only supporter, additional funders or support are required.

The following categories are ineligible:
- General operating or product only requests
- Event sponsorship
- Start-up costs

Pre-Application Information:

Application site opens: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 8:00 AM EDT
Proposals due date: Friday, May 31, 2019, 5:00 PM EDT
Notification date: August 31, 2019

Previous grantees must submit an impact report before applying for subsequent funding.

Eligibility quiz: http://www.cybergrants.com/bestbuy/CommunityGrantsquiz
Additional information: https://corporate.bestbuy.com/social-impact
Best Buy website: https://www.bestbuy.com

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application portal: https://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/ao_login.login?x_gm_id=6228&x_proposal_type_id=48664

SocialImpact@BestBuy.com

Grant Coverage Areas:

To find store locations visit: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/store-locator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)