Microsoft Community-Based Technology Centers

Posted by on October 17, 2003

[posted from RFP Bulletin]

Microsoft Announces Funding Program for Community-Based Technology Centers
Deadline: Open

Microsoft Corp. (<a href=""></a>) has announced the launch of Unlimited Potential (UP), a global initiative focused on providing technology skills for disadvantaged individuals through community-based technology and learning centers (CTLCs). Microsoft will commit more than $1 billion to the initiative over the next five years.

UP initially will provide funding to help CTLCs hire and train technology instructors. Subsequent phases of the effort will see the creation of an online global support network that delivers technology curriculum, research, tools, and help-desk services to CTLCs worldwide. UP also will sponsor a global and regional awards program designed to encourage innovation and invest in technology solutions that can scale for broader use.

Whether they’re found in rural locations in developing countries or in urban locations in developed countries, CTLCs share common attributes. For the purposes of the UP program, key attributes of CTLCs include public access (accessible on a walk-in, low-fee, or no-fee basis); an informal, welcoming environment; strong leadership; friendly, knowledgeable staff or volunteers; a social benefit focus/mission; relevant curriculum (driven by local demand); and well-maintained, reliable computer equipment, peripherals, and connectivity.

Microsoft will consider the following CTLC organizational types eligible for funding: nonprofit (501(c)(3) designation in the U.S.) or nongovernmental organizations that hold charitable status in their country; school-based (a nonprofit or governmental organization that provides services to the community during non-school hours such as evenings and weekends); and government funded and operated.

See the Microsoft Community Affairs Web site for complete giving guidelines and application procedures.

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