Federal, Private Funding Offers for Computer Tech, Services

It seems like everyone is searching for funding for computers, laptops, mobile devies and peripherals and the related servies that make those high-tech gadgets work. The Grant Advisors have uncovered some new federal and private opportunities that may help.

Education Department

The ED Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services offers the IDEA Fiscal Data Center grant (CFDA Number: 84.373F). Schools, school districts, colleges, consortiums, community-based organizations and nonprofits can apply for this $3.2 million award (no match required).

Deadline: Sept. 10.

The center will improve the capacity of states to meet the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) data collection and reporting requirements. The grant is part of a larger department effort to inspire schools to do a better job in collecting performance data for special education programs. Contact: Matthew Schneer, Matthew.Schneer@ed.gov or 202/245-6755.

National Cristina Foundation

The National Cristina Foundation (NCF) directs donations of used computer equipment to nonprofit organizations, schools and public agencies throughout the United States. These organizations train people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons to lead more independent and productive lives.

Deadline: Rolling.

Since the early 1980s, the Greenwich, CT-based, organization has helped bridge the gap among corporations and community organizations and public agencies that train people with special needs. The organization works to ensure used computer technology resources are given a second productive life.

NCF does not charge for its services, although donors may be asked to cover shipping costs. It does not donate computers to individuals.

NCF targets donations of used computer equipment to organizations that will use the equipment for training, job development, educational programs and related projects that focus on improving the lives of people with disabilities, students at risk, and the economically disadvantaged. It does not donate directly to individuals or support religious instruction.

Priority is given to training organizations, schools and public agencies working within North America. Agencies working outside of this region are considered on a case-by-case basis.

What’s New: The website has a helpful needs locator that automatically loads when you open the page. The locator finds organizations in your area which are looking for donations of specific computer parts, such as sound cards or monitors. Contact: or 203/863-9100

National Education Foundation

The NEF’s 2014 CyberLearning grants are available to school districts, schools, community colleges, colleges, universities, nonprofits; Funding: Varies.

Deadline: Rolling (first come, first served).

These grants improve K-12 student achievement in science and technology. CyberLearning, a project of the Nat’l Education Foundation, aims to help bridge the digital divide by giving K-12 schools, colleges, universities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations the opportunity to receive matching grants to access more than 1,000 online courses in information technology, management and SAT preparation.

Grant-seekers should start with the online form. Grants are based on the percentage of students receiving a free/reduced lunch. Contact: 401/392-7705 or email grants@cyberlearning.org.

IBM

Nonprofits are eligible to apply for the computer giant’s corporate grants; Fundingvaries, the foundation made about $22 million in grants last year.

Deadline: Rolling.

IBM maintains a community-relation funding arm which primarily supports specific projects and programs IBM has initiated. The foundation accepts unsolicited proposals, however, and some are funded on an ongoing basis. Its main focus is education and youth development.

It also provides smaller grants in the areas of adult education and workforce development, arts and culture, and communities in need. In the area of adult education, it is encouraged to try to name a technology component.

The IBM Impact Grants provide consulting expertise and software specifically designed to support educational and not-for-profit organizations in their efforts to serve their communities. The diversity of these grants allows IBM to deliver services and technology that meet the ever changing needs of the nonprofit sector (http://tinyurl.com/lmphlgg).

IBM only considers requests submitted by organizations which have a tax-exempt classification. Priority is assigned to requests involving IBM technology or the volunteer efforts of IBM employees. Nonprofit organizations or educational institutions wishing to submit unsolicited proposals to IBM should make an initial inquiry in the form of a two-page letter. Contact: 914/765-2344.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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