Best Buy Foundation Offering Technology Grants

Capture.pngAs any library Friend or staffer will tell you – quite contrary to the stereotype that persists in some quarters – libraries are much more than simply repositories for print books. In many communities, among other purposes, the public library serves as the central access point for technology and tech education. In recognition of this fact, the Best Buy Foundation is extending its popular Best Buy Community Grants program to eligible libraries and 501(c)3 Friends groups.

The cardinal aim of this program is to empower organizations that “provide teens with places and opportunities to develop twenty-first century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.” As their website explains, “too many teens have little or no access to technology and, as a result, they fall behind their peers.”

Activities eligible for support include classes and initiatives focused on computer programming, digital imaging, music production, robotics, and mobile app development. Grants average $5,000, but up to $10,000 is available to strongly qualified candidates.

For a list of eligibility requirements, click here. (The Best Buy Foundation offers a pre-application quiz to help make it easy.) Note that only Friends and libraries located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store location will be considered. Submit your application by Friday, July 1. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their proposal by September 15.