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Offer: Gates Foundation Offers $1M "Access to Learning" Award for Community IT Programs

Gates Foundation Invites Community IT Programs Outside the United States to Apply for 2014 Access to Learning Award

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's annual Access to Learning Award recognizes the innovative efforts of public libraries and similar institutions outside the United States to connect people to information and opportunities through free access to computers and the Internet.

The $1 million award is intended to encourage new, innovative ways of providing computer and Internet services to people who are otherwise without access, and to promote greater development of public access technology programs around the world.

The foundation invites public libraries and similar institutions outside the U.S. to apply. Applicants must provide free public access to information through the use of computers and the Internet. Applications from institutions in developing countries or those working with disadvantaged communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to organizations that actively reach out to underserved groups (e.g., patrons who are poor, disabled, or from minority communities). Free public computer and Internet access is defined as allowing all members of the public — without exception — to use facilities, computers, and the Internet at no cost. Eligible organizations must offer its technology services free of charge, make those services available to the public in a community space, and offer training to the public and staff. The foundation will consider innovative programs of any size or scope and expects applicants to mention in their application how their program impacts the community. The award committee seeks programs that use creative approaches to reach underserved communities and have demonstrated sustainability through current or identified sources of funding.

The award is a one-time prize for organizations currently working to provide free access to computers and the Internet in a public setting. The award may be used to support future activities but is given based on past achievement and not future projects.

Visit the Gates Foundation Web site for the program brochure (available in six languages), an FAQ, and the application form. (The application form is only available in English and must be completed in English.)

Link for more information and to complete the RFP

Comments

BUHENDWA NEEMA's picture

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lydiagcallano's picture

Many thanks!

This info came as a gift from heaven. Thank you very much!

God bless, Scot!

Ma. Lydia G. Callano
Iloilo, Philippines
+63 33 3158137 or 5138830

mrbeckbeck's picture

Wonderful!

Wonderful! So glad you're eager to apply. I'd love to hear about your project.

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Lady11's picture

Great news

Hi Scott,

if only all men were like you, the world would be a better place. thank you for the news, I am just like you ,coz I have a passion for women and the youth especially the girl child. this is so because they are the most vulnerable in most societies across the world. I am a grass root single parent and I love networking with people sharing ideas.

the project that I am working on now is to create a source of income for the unemployed billions Across Africa of which 75% consists of women and the youth. My dream is to establish Network Empowerment centres across the continent to train our people on the billionaire industry in the world.at these centres they will network with each other and with the business fraternity from all corners of the world who will be looking for marketers for their products and these women and youth will do so for a commission We as Africa Network Empowerment will be working with the companies in deigning packages from the company's products suitable for the area in which they will be marketed as well as creating compensation plan for our people.

what do you think of this project Scott? please send me your comment and suggestions to twinejay@gmail.com and if you have ideas on funding please let me know

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