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Foundation: IBM; Opportunity: Corporate grants; Funding Focus: Community development, education, health, language and culture; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies, the foundation made about $17 million in grants last year; Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: 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.

The foundation matches contributions made by employees and retirees of IBM to educational institutions, hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and cultural and environmental organizations. Recipient organizations receive cash or IBM equipment or software.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/cq9ah48; (website) or 914/765-2344; Judy Chin, foundation manager; for more information about IBM Impact Grants, e-mail ibmgrant@us.ibm.com or contact the local IBM corporate citizenship & corporate affairs representative.

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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