For our most recent computer grant round, InterConnection received over 130 applications from nonprofit organizations across the United States. The grant committee reviewed each application carefully and based their decisions on the following criteria:
40% – Impact and Reach
20% – Technological Capacity of the Grantee
25% – Ability to Execute, Financial Capacity and Plan for Sustainability
15% – Organizational Need
Of the 130 organizations that applied 12 organizations were chosen as grant recipients and will be awarded computers. We would like to congratulate the following organizations on being chosen as 2016 1st Quarter Grant Recipients:
AADD Jenkintown, PA
The Association for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (AADD) was founded by a group of parents who sought to address the educational and social challenges that special needs adults face. Through weekly educational and social learning programs, AADD serves those adults living in greater Philadelphia who are affected by severe developmental disabilities. AADD will use their three laptops for computer literacy training of members at remote locations.
B.F. Day PTSA Seattle, WA
The mission of B.F. Day Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association is to provide an outstanding education for each and every student, assisting all students to maximize their potential and to address any achievement gaps. We believe that all of our students, 42% of whom come from poverty or low-income, can achieve. B. F. Day PTSA will install their ten monitors in classrooms to enhance student learning.
First Five Years & Beyond Kent, WA (and Liberia)
First Five Years & Beyond (FFYB) empowers African parents with the tools, skills and resources as they support their children during the early years and beyond by conducting parent workshops and early learning activities as well as providing resource referrals. In Liberia, FFYB operates an Early Learning program with the goal of preparing children for school and providing opportunities for families to become self-sufficient. In Washington state, they serve 89 families with 30 African immigrant youth. Their seven laptops will be used for teaching youth and their families basic computer literacy in both locations.
HAVEN of the Dan River Region Danville, VA
HAVEN is a new temporary emergency housing facility for individuals and their dependent children that have been victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. HAVEN will receive one desktop and three laptops for client families’ use for academic research, and to assist in searching for employment and housing. Sexual Assault Advocate & Relief Staff will also use the computers to document client services.
Kool Kids Project Org Brockton, MA
Kool Kids Project’s mission is to inspire and empower youth through music and entrepreneurship. The program provides a fun and safe environment for kids and teens to come and learn about music. Their three laptops will be used in teaching music to youth including recording, production, and songwriting skills.
Math Is My Friend Johns Creek, GA
Math Is My Friend is dedicated to closing the achievement gap in math by empowering “at risk” students to recognize and understand the importance of math as a means to achieving excellence. They serve students in the city of Atlanta who attend schools that have been identified as having very low test scores and are located in low-income areas. Their five laptops will be used by students in online math training and school assignments.
McLaughlin Community Youth Organization McLaughlin, SD
The McLaughlin Community Youth Organization enriches, educates and entertains the McLaughlin community, part of the Standing Rock Reservation, by providing a superior theatre experience. The organization’s goal is to support the employment of Standing Rock youth through enhancing their skills through employment and entrepreneurship training as well as life skills training, and to increase young people’s participation in the development of their community. Their two desktops and three laptops will be used by youth to run the theatre.
Peace Place Winder, GA
Peace Place, Inc. is a domestic violence program that serves survivors of family violence in Banks, Barrow, and Jackson counties in Georgia, offering emergency shelter, transitional housing, outreach and legal advocacy, safety planning, educational presentations, and children’s services. Their five laptops are used for legal services, client use, home schooling, and general administration.
Ruth Meiers Hospitality House Bismarck, ND
Ruth Meiers serves homeless people and those at-risk for homelessness by providing shelter and tools to empower individuals towards self-sufficiency. Their five desktops will be used by clients for job searching and accessing resources.
Scott County Emergency and Rescue Squad Oneida, TN
Scott County Emergency and Rescue Squad provide all emergency services including vehicle rescue, water rescue, and search and rescue services for Scott County through trained volunteers. They will be using their two laptops to be able to help pin point rescue victims who may be lost and/or hurt using GPS coordinates along with using GPS for locating addresses for all rescue calls.
The Adult Learning Center Spartanburg, SC
The Adult Learning Center provides adults with opportunities through education, including classes for GED, Basic Literacy, Pre-Employment/Computer Training, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Their three desktops will be used by students to complete GED practice tests, study for the GED, utilize the Rosetta Stone program, and complete the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education).
Triangle Malden, MA
Triangle serves people with disabilities in the greater Boston area with workforce development programs and career services. Their five desktop computers will be used for classroom learning as well as job search and preparation, and for staff use in the School-to-Career programs.
All of these organizations have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to making their community a better place to live.
Do You Know of a Nonprofit Organization in Need of Technology?
Our next Computer Grant Deadline is March 1st.
Any interested 501c3 nonprofit organizations that feel they embody what we are looking for are encouraged to apply.