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Funding Available from Microsoft

September 16, 2010
Funding Available from Microsoft
by Jim Torrens, Insight Center for Community Economic Development / NNSP

If you provide information technology (IT) training to underserved communities, especially women and youth (18-25), you may be eligible for some of the $4 million in cash, up to $6 million in software, and technology skills training curriculum Microsoft will award through a competitive funding process.

The Microsoft Elevate America Community Initiative provides resources to organizations who are training people to meet the information technology (IT) skills needs of today’s employers. Through a competitive request for proposals, the initiative will fund grantees with demonstrated expertise and innovative approaches to providing employment services with a focus on technology skills training, job placement, and related support to connect individuals from underserved communities to sustainable jobs and careers. A preference will be given to programs that demonstrate well-designed plans to scale and replicate successful programs.

Awards will range from $100,000 – $250,000 for the first year, with the possibility of continued funding in year 2. Software and curriculum may also be requested.

Proposals are due October 8.

See the full request for proposals for more details, and let us know if you get funded!

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