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Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States
for Technology Training Programs for Underserved Youth

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Best Buy Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to USA nonprofits in multiple states for technology career pathway programs for underserved youth. Programs will include training, credentialing, work-based learning, and job or internship placements. Eligible locations include Phoenix, Arizona; Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; New Orleans, Louisiana; Boston, Massachusetts; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; Jersey City, New Jersey; New York City, New York; Las Vegas, Nevada; Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Dallas, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and Washington, DC.

Required eligibility criteria include:

  • Providing curriculum and training for Best Buy Teen Tech Center staff to implement career pathway program at the local level.
  • Creating a toolkit for the career pathway program that would be able to be implemented by the Best Buy Teen Tech Center staff.
  • In collaboration with Best Buy Teen Tech Center, recruit local companies/subject-matter experts to provide work-based learning experiences for youth, including internships/jobs.
  • Attending quarterly national partner calls to exchange best practice, consider collaboration efforts and share resources.
  • Driving the partnership by taking initiative to set-up additional meetings with Best Buy staff to ensure grant deliverables are being met.
  • Demonstrated track record in engaging youth at the local level who have been disconnected from education and careers.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Opportunities for local Best Buy employees to participate in the program as volunteers.
  • National nonprofit organizations with multiple locations nationwide to allow for current or future programming in a variety of cities across the country.
    • Ability to conduct programming in at least 1-5 cities across the country. Preferred locations include the locations of our Best Buy Teen Tech Centers, including but not limited to: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Jersey City/NYC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle and Washington D.C.
  • Desired programs will have the following components:
    • Rigorous tech-related curriculum, mentorship, and hard skills training for youth over a 9-12-month period (programming must take place for a minimum of nine months); 
    • Use technology to develop skills in a wide range of track areas: 3D design, arts (must include tech components), augmented reality, automotive (tech components), coding/programming, computer repair/help desk, cyber security, entrepreneurship, graphic design/photography, digital marketing/media, digital music/audio production, gaming design, mobile apps, multi-media production, retail, robotics, software engineer, video/film production, virtual reality, tech in fashion, tech in sports, etc.
    • Align training with regional labor market needs to ensure youth gain relevant skills and engage youth in work-based learning opportunities (i.e. job shadows, career panels, etc.);
    • Engage youth in an internship/job opportunity at the end of the career pathway program.
  • Grantees are expected to participate in and/or support evaluation efforts including interviews with key program staff, youth participant surveys (including collection of consent forms from participants’ parents/guardians), and internship/job supervisor/employer surveys.
  • Success metrics will include: developing skills for tech-reliant jobs; achieving a degree or credential with real value in the current labor market, gaining employment with self-supporting wages, and/or having opportunities for further education and career advancement.
  • Best Buy will provide college readiness and soft-skills curriculum to be used at all Best Buy Teen Tech Centers. The curriculum will be an overlay onto all career track curriculum.

Other preferred program components include:

  • Pathways from high school to post-secondary/tech-related nationally-recognized credentialing programs;
  • Opportunities for dual enrollment/college credits for underserved teens completing high school; or
  • Offer digital badging as a credential for engaging in the career pathway program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176071

Estimated Size of Grant:

Program grants typically range from $100k to $350k.

Term of Contract:

The grant will be to support the operation of the program for one year from date of implementation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Best Buy invites national career pathway 501(c)(3) nonprofits that have a fundamental commitment to youth, ages 16-21, to apply for funding.

Program must operate within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or other Best Buy center of operations(e.g., warehouse, corporate headquarters, etc.). To find store locations, visit and click Store Locator.

Not funded:
- Political, labor, fraternal, or civic organizations
- Religious organizations (for sectarian purposes)
- Individuals
- Endowments
- Award ceremonies, memorials, conferences or travel
- Health, therapeutic or recreation programs, projects or activities
- Athletic teams or events
- Event sponsorships

Pre-Application Information:

Proposal must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Notification Date: Monday, February 3, 2020

Contact Information:

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona: Phoenix;   California: Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego;   Colorado: Denver;   Illinois: Chicago;   Indiana: Indianapolis;   Louisiana: New Orleans;   Massachusetts: Boston;   Minnesota: Minneapolis, St. Paul;   Nevada: Las Vegas;   New Jersey: Jersey City;   New York City;   New York;   Ohio: Cleveland;   Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh;   Texas: Dallas, San Antonio;   Washington, DC;   Washington: Seattle

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