Library Grants
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Best Buy Teen Tech Center Grants
Deadline: June 5, 2017

Since 2012, Best Buy has partnered with the Clubhouse Network to open twelve Best Buy Teen Tech Centers. They plan on funding 6 more sites in 2017 in: Atlanta, Cleveland, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh. At the centers, teens leverage technology to develop projects based on their own interests, including creating art and producing music and animations; designing science simulations and mobile applications; writing and illustrating interactive poetry, stories, and films; building kinetic sculptures and robotic constructions; and designing 3D worlds and games.

Best Buy is seeking applications from nonprofit organizations, libraries, and museums, with an afterschool program that includes teens, a respected track record for achieving results through community‐based initiatives, financial stability, and an ability to embrace new technologies as well as sustain a Tech Center over time (minimum three years).

Best Buy will provide a combination of cash and in‐kind support for the first year, including a technology grant to be used to acquire the hardware, software, and necessary accessories; a furniture grant to be used to reflects the "look and feel" of a teen‐centric space; support for facility design and layout, equipment set‐up, software installation, and technical assistance; and a $50,000 grant to be used for staffing, staff development, and travel for required training‐related purposes. Best Buy matching construction grants of up to $50,000 are available to all organizations establishing a new Best Buy Teen Tech Center. In addition, programs can apply for a Community Grant from Best Buy of up to $10,000 each year to support the center. Program funding cannot be used for general overhead expenditures.

To be eligible, applicant organizations must be located within an existing and successful afterschool program that already serves youth between the ages of 13 and 18 and is hosted within a community organization-run facility. In addition, organizations must be located within the metro area of one of the following cities: Atlanta, Cleveland, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh. Programs must be located within fifteen miles of a Best Buy store.

See the Clubhouse Network webpage for complete program guidelines and application instructions for the five-page proposal.

- posted by Stephanie Gerding @ 7:05 AM
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