Technology Grant Funders

Technology Grant Funders

Technology Grant Funders

Compiled by Michigan State University

A compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to computer technology.

Web Sites

Ameritech Digital Inclusion Award
Ameritech and have teamed up to provide $300,000 in grants to Michigan communities to help bridge the digital divide. This program is designed to help communities work together to ensure that people have equal access and equal opportunity to tap the resources of technology, such as computers and the Internet.

AOL Time Warner Foundation
The AOL Time Warner Foundation is dedicated to using the power of media, communications, and information technology to serve the public interest and strengthen society. Rather than simply providing grant monies or funding unsolicited requests, the foundation prefers to enter into strategic partnerships with organizations that have a demonstrated commitment to pioneering innovative ways of meeting its four priorities: Equipping Kids for the 21st Century; Extending Internet Benefits to All; Engaging Communities in the Arts; and Empowering Citizens and Civic Participation.

AT&T Foundation
The AT&T Foundation supports education programs that focus on the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Through the AT&T Learning Network ( as well as direct grants, the foundation concentrates on the role of technology in education and its capacity to connect students, teachers, classrooms, institutions, and communities. Grant guidelines and application information available online.

Cisco Systems Inc.
Based on the company’s core values of education, leveraging technology, and the involvement of employees, Cisco Systems pursues its philanthropic goals through three initiatives: workforce development, with a focus on investments in technology and training that help people develop skills to enter or re-enter today’s workforce; partnerships with nonprofits that give them access to technology solutions; and helping employees to become successful volunteers and informed philanthropists.

Compaq Contributions Program (Now HP Human Progress)
In those communities where it has a significant business presence, Houston-based computer maker Compaq provides technology, product, and cash contributions to innovative projects that use technology to enhance education and strengthen communities in the areas of health care, human and community services; culture and the arts; and the environment. Eligibility criteria and application information available online.

Compumentor’s TechSoup
A one-stop resource for anything and everything having to do with technology created expressly for nonprofits. TechSoup, a new service from CompuMentor, promises to offer nonprofits clear, non-commercial recommendations for the best places to acquire donated or discounted software; equipment; advice on technology funding; technology planning; computer training; and listings of volunteers and consultants available to assist them.

Computers for Kids
Individuals and organizations donate computers that can be used by schools.

Computers for Learning (GSA)
The CFL program places computers in our classrooms and prepares our children to contribute and compete in the 21st century. The program transfers excess Federal computer equipment to schools and educational nonprofit organizations, giving special consideration to those with the greatest need. [Also listed under Education]

Exworthy Educational Links
Grants, Funding, and Donations
Find educational technology grants, e-rate updates and forms, grant applications, grant writing guides, and hardware purchasing/donation information at these links. Courtesy of two school teachers from the Los Angeles California United School District.

Foundation Center RFP Bulletin : Science/Technology
The RFP (Request for Proposals) Bulletin is published weekly by the Foundation Center. Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker’s Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.

Fundraising from Silicon Valley
A collection of funder links compiled by Amy Chu, a student in the Harvard Business School, 1999.

Gates Foundation (Bill and Melinda)
Bill and Melinda Gates hope to make an enduring contribution toward increasing access to innovations in education, technology, and global health. More than seventeen billion dollars in endowments have been set aside for these causes.

Hardware Donation Programs
Advice from techsoup.

Helping.Org’s Guide to Technology Funding
A directory of government, corporate, and private funders supported the spread of computer technology. Helping.Org is sponsored by the American Online Foundation. Also listed under Education.

Kresge Foundation Challenge Grants
A challenge grant program to upgrade and endow scientific instrumentation and laboratories in colleges and universities, teaching hospitals, medical schools, and research institutions. Scientific equipment and attendant renovation of space necessary to accommodate such equipment are eligible projects. Items may include new, replacement, or upgraded equipment and may range from basic science instrumentation for classroom laboratories to a single piece of equipment for student/faculty research. Provides one-fourth of the total project costs. The minimum Kresge grant is $100,000 and the maximum is $500,000.

Michigan Association for Computer-Related Technology Users in Learning (MACUL)
Grants and Awards Page Also listed under Education.

Microsoft Corporation Community Affairs
Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft makes grants of cash, software, and technical support to nonprofit organizations worldwide in order to help bring the benefits of information technology to people and communities, provide support to organizations in communities in which its employees live and work, and support its employees taking an active role in their community through volunteer and matching-gift programs.

Government Grants Guide
Every year the United States Government and private Foundations give away billions of dollars of Free Grants in their free give-away programs.

SBC Foundation

Schools Online
Schools Online will use a $3 million challenge grant to match cash and stock contributions as part of its “Hello 2000” campaign, to expand the group’s Internet equipment-donation program to schools around the world… Deadline: January 1, 2000.

Second Byte Foundation
The Second Byte Foundation exists to identify at-risk children who will benefit from a donated computer system in their homes. We believe this will shift their focus from educational failure and delinquent activity, to academic achievement and productive behavior.

Share the Technology
A non-profit organization in New Jersey dedicated to helping schools obtain used computer equipment. This computer recycling project web site also provides a link for persons or organizations who wish to donate their used equipment to the cause. Search the web site database by your geographic location. Grants and Contests
Provides a directory of awards, grants, and funding opportunities available for schools and teachers. Some of the grants may be useful for obtaining technology. By the publishers of Technology and Learning Magazine.

Technical Computer Support for Nonprofits
A compilation of web links by Stan Hutton and the About.Com Guide to Nonprofit Charitable Organizations. Focuses on both technical support and recycled equipment.

Technology Opportunities Program(TOP)
The TOP program funded by the Department of Commerce offers matching grants to state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit entities that demonstrate innovative uses of digital network technologies. TOP projects address specific challenges and realize opportunities for change in such areas as lifelong learning, community and economic development, government and public services, safety, health, culture, and the arts. The deadline for applications is March 21. For more information contact: Stephen J. Downs, 202-482-2048, fax 202-501-5136, email: Source: Grants and Foundations Review, Jan. 15, 2002.

Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation is committed to supporting programs and projects that create innovative e-solutions, help bridge the digital divide, foster basic and computer literacy and help enrich our communities, educate our citizens and create a skilled workforce. The Verizon Foundation looks to forge and maintain partnerships around technology initiatives with local, regional, national and international organizations serving the needs of racial and ethnic communities, people with disabilities, and the economically and socially disadvantaged. Formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE. Note program providing nonprofits funding for web access.


COMPUTER GRANTS DIRECTORY. San Francisco, Cal. : Public Management Institute, 1991. 4th edition, 318pp. Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center QA76.215 .C658 The most complete guide to computer-related giving by all major funding sources. Contains in-depth profiles of the current programs of 200 corporations, foundations, and government agencies and lists over 750 sample grants totalling more than $100 million in computer support.

DIRECTORY OF BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT GRANTS. Loxahatchee, Fl. : Research Grant Guides, 1999. 5th edition, 184pp. Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center HG4027.65 .D568 Lists over 800 funding sources for nonprofit organization’ seeking building, renovation, and equipment grants. Also includes essays on “Steps for Writing Proposals and Winning Grants” and “Proposal Writing Basics”. Keep latest three editions in Funding Center Collection; earlier editions may circulate.

DIRECTORY OF COMPUTER AND HIGH TECHNOLOGY GRANTS. Loxahatchee, Florida : Research Grant Guides, 1999. 4th edition, 180pp. Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center QA76 .D57 Accessibility of computers has changed the landscape of the nonprofit enterprise. Their speed and efficiency are essential for donor record maintenance, project planning, and proposal preparation. This publication lists over 750 foundations, corporations, and federal agencies which grant funds to nonprofit organizations. Also contains the following essay : “Proposal Writing Basics”.

GRANTS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. New York, N.Y. : Foundation Center, 2000. Note: 2000/2001, 1st edition received. Main Library Reference (1 East) T58.5 .G73 2000/2001. Covers grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad for programs including: engineering and technology research and services; computer science; data processing; telephone, telegraph, and telecommunication services; electronic messaging, including the Internet or World Wide Web (WWW), e-mail, and interactive television and video; and computer systems and equipment, including hardware, software, CD-ROMs, local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and other automated, digital, multimedia, or on-line systems.

K-12 SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY FUNDING DIRECTORY. Bethesda, Md. : ESchool News Publication, 2001. 2001 or 2nd edition, 298pp. Main Library Reference Funding Center LB1028.3 .K75

NATIONAL GUIDE TO FUNDING FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. New York, N.Y. : Foundation Center, May 1999. 2nd edition, 292pp. Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center T58.5 .N37 ed.2 This new volume provides essential facts on over 700 foundations and corporate direct giving programs that award grants to projects involving information technology. The guide also includes useful descriptions of over 2,400 recently awarded grants for computer science, engineering and technology, telecommunications, and media and communications. Publisher’s Description. Also listed under Education.

TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING MAGAZINE The June issue of each year highlights competitions, grants and prizes available to K-12 teachers. Updates to the article appearing in the June issue are posted on TECHLEARNING.COM GRANTS AND CONTESTS.

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