3Com Urban Challenge Grant for Technology

Posted by on September 19, 2003

3Com Urban Challenge to Fund Technology Projects for U.S. Cities and School Districts

Deadline: November 3, 2003

A program of 3Com (http://www.3com.com/), a maker of networking equipment, in cooperation with the United States Conference of Mayors (http://www.usmayors.org/), the 3Com Urban Challenge awards cities and school districts across the United States with grants of 3Com products and services designed to incorporate information technology into the fabric of their communities.

The program is designed to reward forward-thinking communities that are committed to using technology to transform education, improve public communication, and make municipal services faster and more convenient to use. The grant opportunity is intended to challenge both American communities and 3Com to work together in narrowing the gap between those who have digital access and those who do not. Using their 3Com grant, schools, departments, and organizations can tailor a networking solution that meets their community’s needs.

To participate, a city should meet at least one of the following criteria: have a principal policy agenda aimed at enhancing educational or community development; have strong involvement from and the endorsement of the mayor’s office; be able to demonstrate tangible benefits to students and residents in a specified time-frame; have multiple constituencies in mind (e.g., local community colleges, libraries, government agencies, healthcare institutions, etc.); and have specific ideas about how the grant will be used.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis; applicants are encouraged to apply early. See the 3Com Web site for complete program guidelines.

RFP Link: http://www.3com.com/solutions/en_US/scenario.jsp?solutiontype=1000001&groupid=11014&solutionid=5873

For additional RFPs in Technology and Science, visit: http://www.fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_technology.jhtml

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