Supporting tech needs for non-profits

Outdated technology is a barrier for many non-profit organizations in their work.

Picture of person using typewriter at top of picture, with laptop user below.

Eligible non-profits can apply for the Tech Grant program to help fund the purchase and installation of items such as desktop and laptop computers, software, hardware, tablets and office equipment. — Photo courtesy Columbia Basin Trust

(Columbia Basin) – Outdated technology is a barrier for many non-profit organizations in their work. Computers, software, hardware and phone systems are increasingly essential in the delivery of community services non-profits provide, but amongst competing resource priorities, these items sometimes come last.

To help these organizations carry out their important work, the Trust is announcing a new Non-profit Tech Grants program with $1 million to support the purchase and installation of office technology.

“The work of non-profits is an important contributor to the social, economic and environmental well-being of Basin communities, and helping them to enhance their organizational capacity is one of the Trust’s strategic priorities,” said Tim Hicks, Trust Senior Manager for Delivery of Benefits. “That’s why we’re providing non-profit organizations with grants to help address administrative, communication and capacity needs through technology.”

Eligible non-profits can apply for funding for the purchase and installation of items including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, software and hardware such as servers. Photocopiers, scanners and other related office tech items are also eligible.

There is no project funding limit but it is anticipated that individual project grants will likely range between $1,000 and $15,000.

The Non-profit Tech Grants program is a one-time intake. For more information read the application guide at ourtrust.org/techgrants.

The application deadline is Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm MT.

To learn more about how the Trust supports non-profits in the Columbia Basin, visit ourtrust.org/nonprofit

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