Technicity Times
    Issue 2• February 2003

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Beaumont Foundation of America To Issue Education & Community Grants
Application Deadline: March 31, 2003

by David Geilhufe

The Beaumont Foundation of America (BFA) is a not-for-profit philanthropic organization that grants technology equipment to support digital inclusion for underserved individuals. BFA will award $12.5m in equipment grants to California schools and community-based organizations this year.

BFA is seeking innovative digital inclusion programs from across the country that will directly benefit underserved communities. Since the Foundation only gives away hardware, BFA makes grants to established programs that have the funding, infrastructure and staffing to maintain and sustain their programs.

The foundation will award grants in 21 states and the District of Columbia in 2003 and in the remaining 29 states in 2004. Additional grants will be available in subsequent years. For the 2003 grant cycle, grants will be awarded in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The foundation has three distinct grant programs: Community Grants of technology equipment to community-based organizations; Education Grants of technology equipment for schools; and Individual Grants of technology equipment directly to individuals. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations or government agencies that serve citizens at or below the poverty level as defined by U.S. Census Bureau thresholds are eligible for Community Grants; K-12 public, private, parochial, or charter schools where a minimum of 50 percent of students qualify for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible for the Education Grants; and individuals living at or below the poverty level as defined by U.S. Census Bureau thresholds are eligible to apply for the Individual Grants. Equipment provided will be a selection of Toshiba-branded hardware.

Applications will be accepted from January 6, 2003 to March 31, 2003. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their proposals and supporting documents sooner rather than later. See the BFA Web site for complete program and application information and for the complete list of available products.

For information, see http://www.bmtfoundation.com/grants/ .

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David Geilhufe is Senior Program Officer for Beaumont Foundation of America, dgeilhufe@bmtfoundation.com.

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