Funder: Best Buy Children’s Foundation; Opportunity: Best Buy Community Grants Program; Funding Focus: Youth, education, technology; Geographic Focus: National (applicants must have a Best Buy store within 50 miles of them); Eligibility: Nonprofits and schools serving a diverse population of young teens in the areas of learning, life skills, leadership or relationship development; Funding: $2 million for grants averaging $5,000 each (awards will not exceed $10,000 each); Deadline: June 29.
Summary: 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 (http://www.easymatch.com/bestbuygrant) between June 1-July 1.
The foundation also offers the National 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. That runs on a different funding timeline (http://tinyurl.com/qeb8km5).