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Best Buy: Community Grants

Deadline: May 31, 2019

The Best Buy Foundation is seeking local organizations with a demonstrated track record for building skill proficiency in technology through Out of School Time (OST) programs. Programs should help teens build tech skills by utilizing cutting-edge technology such as computers, digital cameras, video cameras, and professional software in a wide range of areas including (but not limited to):

  • Audio production (including music mixing and recording)
  • Website development
  • Computer maintenance and repair
  • UX/UI (user experience/user interface)
  • Digital arts such as graphic design and photography
  • Cybersecurity
  • Mobile and game app development
  • 3D Animation
  • Programing and coding
  • Virtual reality/Augmented reality
  • Robotics
  • Green technology

The primary responsibilities of the nonprofit organization include:

  • Providing staff and curriculum for OST programming. May include volunteer instructors. Must not rely on program development or staffing provided by Best Buy employees or associated companies.
  • Where the opportunity exists, working with schools and other community-based organizations to build awareness of the program to drive teen participation.
  • Demonstrating engagement of youth from underserved communities.
  • Developing financial and community support to help sustain the program beyond the grant funding from Best Buy Foundation. Best Buy Foundation will not fund a program as the only supporter, additional funders or support are required.
  • Submitting an impact report on program components such as participant demographics, program activities, desired outcomes, challenges, successes, and participant survey results.
  • When possible, enabling participation of Best Buy employees to serve as volunteers.

Special consideration will be given to programs that exclusively serve girls in an effort to increase their tech skill fluency.

Amount: Program grants will not exceed $15,000.

Eligibility: OST programs that have a fundamental commitment to under resourced youth, ages 13-18. Minimum eligibility criteria include:

  • Eligible nonprofits may be a public or nonprofit community-based organization (e.g., community center, school, or library) with existing local OST program and a proven track record of serving youth ages 13-18
  • Program located within a non-profit organization targeting teens in under resourced communities
  • Program must operate within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or other Best Buy center of operations (e.g., warehouse, corporate headquarters, Geek Squad Service Center, etc.) to allow for Best Buy employee volunteer participation (if appropriate)
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Previous grantees must submit an impact report before applying for subsequent funding

Link: https://corporate.bestbuy.com/community-grants-page/

Note: The application site opens on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

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