Private Funder: Best Buy Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 National and Community Program; Funding Focus: Education and youth; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Multiple awards, up to $200,000 each; Deadline: Oct. 1.
Summary: The Best Buy Foundation offers an array of support. The community grants promote programs that give teenagers access to opportunities through technology to help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills. Grants support nonprofit organizations that create hands-on learning opportunities for underserved teens to engage them in learning, experimenting, and interacting with the latest technologies. 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 better prepare them for future education and career success. After-school programs are eligible. Eligible programs must serve a diverse population, build skills in teens ages 13-18 and show positive results.
Grants are awarded for one year and are not intended to be recurring funding. Grant seekers should start by taking the assessment on the foundation’s website at www.easymatch.com/bestbuygrants, foundation officials say.
The foundation values collaboration. It gave $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, CA, for a Community Partnership Grant and $8,000 in a Community Partnership Grant to the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, MI, for program support.