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Best Buy Teen Tech Center Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible States
to Establish Technology Centers for Teens

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Clubhouse Network (TCN) and Best Buy

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Deadline Date:

02/01/19 5:00 PM PDT


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Grants of up to $50,000 and in-kind services to California, Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Kansas, and Missouri nonprofit organizations in eligible cities to help establish technology centers and programs for teenagers. Funding is intended to support community-based organizations that have an existing afer-school teen program and a commitment to serving youth in underserved communities.

The location must be within the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles CA, El Paso TX, Oklahoma City OK, Kansas City (MO / KS), Portland OR, or San Jose CA (preference for East San Jose-based organizations).

The mission 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.

At the Centers, teens leverage technology to develop projects based on their own interests such as: creating art, producing music and animations; designing their own science simulations and mobile applications; writing and illustrating interactive poetry, stories and films; building kinetic sculptures and robotic constructions; and designing their own 3D worlds and games. In the process, youth become excited about learning and fluent with new technologies, developing skills and experiences to help them succeed in their careers, contribute to their communities and lead outstanding lives.

To ensure maximum engagement, the Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are located in high teen traffic areas in safe locations within existing community sites of selected host organizations, such as libraries, schools, museums, or community centers. Best Buy Teen Tech Centers have a consistent look and feel that are fun, safe and inviting (including teen‐centric furniture and an innovative space design) and aim to be inclusive for teens. Local Best Buy employees will also participate in the program as volunteers, providing ongoing guidance and conducting workshops.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181619

Number of Grants:

Best Buy will bring technology centers to more than 16 new locations in 2019.

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 travel for required training‐ related purposes through TCN. Program funding cannot 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 “Flagship” Clubhouse in Boston, 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.

Term of Contract:

The initial grant will be to support the operation of the program for one year from date of implementation. Successful grant recipients will be eligible for additional years of partial 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.

To ensure the success of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center program, Best Buy is seeking nonprofit organizations with afterschool programs including a teen program, with a respected track record for achieving results through community‐based initiatives, financial stability, and an ability to embrace new technologies as well as sustain the Tech Center over time (minimum three years).

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.
-Location must be within the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles CA, El Paso TX, Oklahoma City OK, Kansas City (MO / KS), Portland OR, or San Jose CA
(preference for East San Jose-based organizations).
-Location must be within 15 miles of a Best Buy store to allow for Best Buy employee volunteers. To find store locations, visit
-Host organization must have a space for the Technology Center with a minimum of 1,300 square‐feet.
-The location needs to 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

Program funding cannot be used for general overhead expenditures.

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).

The minimum space requirement of a Best Buy Teen Tech Center is 1,300 square feet (including a music studio and an inner‐office for staff). The Technology center must be located in a dedicated, separate area that can secure and safely house high‐end equipment. The execution of any construction needed to meet the design requirements of the center is the responsibility of the host organization, and timely implementation (i.e., six months or less) of any facility renovations is expected.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In order to answer any questions applicants might have and provide more detail on the program, TCN will be hosting a RFP workshop at the time and location indicated below.

RFP Workshop:

Thursday, December 20th at 9:00AM Pacific / 12:00PM Eastern. Webex attendance link here:

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM Pacific on Friday, February 1st 2019. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Contingent Notification date is April 19th, 2019.

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.

Additional Information:

Contact Information:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Los Angeles and San Jose (preference for East San Jose);   Kansas: Kansas City;   Missouri: Kansas City;   Oklahoma: Oklahoma City;   Oregon: Portland;   Texas: El Paso