$2M Goes for Life Skills, Teen Leadership

The Best Buy Children’s Foundation will soon open its 2015 Community Grants Program that support projects that help teens, education, technology and communities; $2 million for grants averaging $5,000 each;

Geographic Focus: National (applicants must be within 50 miles of a Best Buy store); Eligibility: Nonprofits and schools serving a diverse population of young teens in the areas of learning, life skills, leadership or relationship development.

Deadline: June 29.

Grantees provide teens (ages 13-18) with opportunities to develop 21st Century technology skills to inspire future education and career choices. Examples of program activities include: computer programming; digital imaging; music production; robotics; gaming; and mobile app development. Applicants must complete the online grant eligibility quiz between June 1-29).

STEM Ed

Best Buy recently gave $1.7 million to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to expand STEM AmeriCorps, an initiative designed to spur student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math education. The grant from Best Buy will place 20 AmeriCorps VISTA members at Best Buy Teen Tech Centers in eight locations: Chicago, Denver, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, San Antonio, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. These AmeriCorps members will help low-income teens to participate in the FIRST robotics competition.

Other Grants

The foundation also offers the Nat’l Partner Program, which seeks nonprofit partners to create hands-on learning opportunities for underserved teens (ages 13-18) to engage them in learning, experimenting and interacting with the latest technologies to build 21st century skills. The overall goal is to provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. Proposals are due Nov. 1.

Contact: Questions, 866/625-4350; e-mail, bestbuygrant@easymatch.com

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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