The Best Buy Foundation seeks to build better futures for youth through technology.
To that end, the foundation is inviting proposals for community grants. Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded in support of equitable, innovative, and impact-driven programs focused on enhancing the lives of youth between the ages of 13 to 18 through technology-enabled curricula. Programs should include hands-on learning opportunities that lead to skills development, engage youth in experimenting and interacting with the latest technologies, and close the digital skills gap; provide teens from underresourced communities with access to innovative technologies and help them become fluent in technological fields while developing skills that better prepare them for future education and career success; and incorporate cutting-edge technology such as computers, digital cameras, video cameras, and professional software, including but not limited to audio production (including music mixing and recording), website development, computer maintenance and repair, UX/UI (user experience/user interface), graphic design and photography 2, cybersecurity, mobile and game app development, 3D animation, programing and coding, virtual reality/ augmented reality, robotics, and green technology.
Programs must be offered during out-of-school time and be focused on underresourced youth between the ages of 13 and 18.
Applicants may be a public or private nonprofit community-based organization (e.g., community center, school, or library), but the program must be located within a nonprofit organization targeting teens in underresourced communities and operate within twenty-five miles of a Best Buy store or Best Buy center of operations.
See the Best Buy Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.