One of the best resources for 501(c)(3) nonprofits and libraries is TechSoup. They provide free and heavily discounted software and hardware from companies such as Microsoft, Intuit, Dell, InFocus, and many others.
Personally recommended by our webmaster. If your school or organization has 501(c)(3) status, this is well worth checking out.
The American Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM subjects in addition to the environment. Funding is available for both non-profits and school districts.
Partnering to create a state-of-the-art learning center
Take a look at resources within your own community. That's what Brillion High School did with Ariens Company in rural Wisconsin.
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The Salt River Project, an electrical utility and water provider in central Arizona, is an exemplar of the grants available from local and regional companies.
SRP annually contributes more than $1.3 million to education initiatives, grants and partnerships throughout Arizona, in addition to providing free training and resources to educators throughout the state.
Check with companies in your area to see what funding opportunities they offer.
TechSoup recognizes that many public schools cannot take advantage of the TechSoup program and have listed a number of alternative sources for free and discounted software.
Citi foundation funds a number of initiatives, including Economic Opportunity For Youth, and encourages employees to volunteer.
Adobe partners with its employees to direct where Adobe Foundation funds are distributed through the Adobe Employee Community Fund. If you are near an Adobe corporate office, you might want to make friends with an Adobe employee.
AT&T funds projects that use technology to build organizational capacity and stronger communities. Since its inception in 2002, the AT&T Excelerator program has provided more than 2,500 technology grants totaling more than $39.8 million to a diverse range of nonprofits. Most AT&T grants range from $1,000 to $25,000, with one-time grants being the norm.
Many hardware and software companies will award small grants for good stories about their technology in learning settings. Keep notes -- write them up -- and send them in!
Other Areas To Check Out...
• An Evaluation Checklist for Educational Web Sites
• Assistance for Achieving Connectivity
• Computer Recycling
• Creating Digital Libraries
• Foundations & Government
• Grant Locators
• Migrant Education Resources
• Models & Software For Your 3D Printer
• Publication Opportunities for Students
• Remote-Sensing Investigations