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Best Buy Teen Tech Center Program

Grants to Michigan and Nebraska Nonprofits
to Create Youth Technology Centers

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Clubhouse Network (TCN) and Best Buy

Conf. Date:

04/30/21

Deadline Date:

06/11/21 5:00 PM Pacific

Description:

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Grants of $50,000 and in-kind support to Michigan and Nebraska nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to serve teens. Funding is intended to support the creation of youth technology centers that encourage creativity, learning, and collaboration. The purpose of this program is to provide a fun, interactive learning space where teens explore technology to discover new interests, collaborate with one another, and prepare for the future. The location must be within the metropolitan areas of Omaha, Nebraska or Benton Harbor, Michigan and within 15 miles of a Best Buy store to allow for Best Buy employee volunteers.

To ensure the success of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center program, Best Buy is seeking non-profit organizations with afterschool programs including a teen program, with a respected track record for achieving results through community‐based initiatives, financial sustainability, and an ability to embrace new technologies as well as sustain the Tech Center over time:

The primary responsibilities of the community‐based organization (CBO) include:

  • Demonstrating a commitment to the Best Buy Teen Tech Center learning model and philosophy.
  • Working with schools and other community‐based organizations to build awareness of the program to drive teen participation.
  • Hiring, supporting, and retaining a full‐time Teen Tech Center Coordinator.
  • Providing an inviting, attractive and safe physical space for the Teen Tech Center location.
  • Ensuring access to youth from under‐served communities.
  • Enabling participation of Best Buy employees to serve as volunteers at the Center.
  • Having a commitment to participation in The Clubhouse Network (mandatory professional development for staff, sharing best practices, collaborating with other sites, participating in evaluation process, etc.).
  • Developing financial and community support to help sustain the Teen Tech Center beyond the grant funding period.
  • Submitting semi‐annual reports on program aspects including youth recruitment, college/career activities, challenges and successes, as well as engaging their youth participants in an annual youth impact survey.
  • Adhering to Best Buy Teen Tech Center and The Clubhouse Network brand standards and marketing expectations, including websites, social media platforms, collateral, signage and other materials.
  • Adhering to all licensing requirements of The Clubhouse Network and Best Buy. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181619

Number of Grants:

Best Buy will bring new Teen Tech Centers to more than twelve new locations in 2021.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Best Buy will provide a combination of cash and in‐kind support for the first year, which will comprise:
- A technology grant to be used to acquire the hardware, software, and necessary accessories for the center to be fully operational including high‐quality, professional software tools for creating graphics, 3D animation, images, video and music.
- A furniture grant to be used to acquire furnishings that reflects the “look and feel” of a teen‐centric space and Best Buy Teen Tech Center design guidelines.
- Support from Best Buy and The Clubhouse Network staff for facility design and layout, equipment set‐ up, software installation, and technical assistance.
- A $50,000 grant to be used for staffing, staff development, and program related expenses. Up to 10% of grant funding can be used for general overhead expenditures.
- Cutting‐edge curriculum and programs developed by the Best Buy Foundation grant partners.
- Ongoing support from The Clubhouse Network staff to conduct program evaluation, site visits, programmatic guidance, technology support, and general assistance.
- Access to The Clubhouse Village, a social network that enables staff and youth everywhere to meet, interact online, collaborate on design activities, and share projects.
- Participation in one week of orientation and professional development for new Teen Tech Center staff at the ’Flagship‘ Clubhouse in Boston (or virtually, if required), as well as written training materials and on‐line documentation to assist in start‐up and ongoing operations.
- Best Buy and Geek Squad employee volunteers for community activities, technology assistance and educational workshops.

To date, successful Best Buy Teen Tech Centers have received $50,000 in staffing grants annually thereafter, in addition to annual $10,000 Technology Refresh and Retool grants.

Term of Contract:

The initial staffing grant will be provided to support the operation of the program for one year from date of implementation. Successful grant recipients will be eligible for additional years of funding based on demonstrated success.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Best Buy invites local non-profit organizations that have a fundamental commitment to youth, ages 13‐18, to apply for funding to create a Best Buy Teen Tech Center in your community.

This opportunity is available to community-based non-profit organizations that have existing afterschool programs for teens and a commitment to youth in under‐served communities. Best Buy does not provide funding for private foundations described under IRS Code Section 509(a), organizations that promote or practice discrimination, political organizations, religious or fraternal organizations (unless for a program that is secular). We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to reject any and all proposals, or to modify or cancel the proposed scope, for any reason.

Minimum eligibility criteria include:
- Location must be within an existing and successful afterschool program that already serves youth ages 13‐18.
- Location must be hosted within a community organization-run facility whose mission supports racial justice and equality.
- Location must be within the metropolitan areas of Omaha NE or Benton Harbor MI.
- Location must be within 15 miles of a Best Buy store to allow for Best Buy employee volunteers. To find store locations, visit https://www.bestbuy.com/site/store-locator
- Host organization must have a space for the Teen Tech Center with a minimum of 1,300 square feet.
- The location must be ADA compliant.
- Organization must provide a commitment to host and ensure financial support for the Best Buy Teen Tech Center for a minimum of 3 years.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Best Buy and The Clubhouse Network will host a RFP workshop webinar on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11 AM Eastern / 10 AM Central to answer any questions you might have and provide more detail on the program. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsfumqrzktE9Ih9ruYiVoVVUwJIWH8vjVq.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM Pacific on Friday, June 11, 2021.

All Best Buy construction grants must be matched 1:1. Grants can be matched with cash and in-kind support. However, in-kind goods and services may not exceed 50 percent of the match. "In-kind" refers to a donation of goods or services. Any goods or services that are provided pro bono are considered in-kind, including architectural design, construction services, supplies and materials such as paint and carpeting, electrical installation, and HVAC services. Matched grants must be documented with receipts for all “in-kind” good and services.

Watch the Webinar: https://youtu.be/RA9WQH080Gg

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application: https://theclubhousenetwork.org/bestbuy/bestbuyrfp/

For questions, contact BestBuyProposal@theclubhousenetwork.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Benton Harbor;   Nebraska: Omaha

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