Foundation / Corporation
The Clubhouse Network (TCN) and Best Buy
06/11/21 5:00 PM Pacific
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:
GrantWatch ID#: 181619
Best Buy will bring new Teen Tech Centers to more than twelve new locations in 2021.
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.
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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For questions, contact BestBuyProposal@theclubhousenetwork.org.
USA: Michigan: Benton Harbor; Nebraska: Omaha
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