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The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation seeks to assist not-for-profit agencies with obtaining the technological expertise and equipment required to implement a strategic technology plan.
What Does the Foundation Want to Accomplish?
The Foundation seeks to strengthen the Tower Foundation’s community partners by enabling them to align their technology needs with their administrative and business needs, as outlined in strategic planning documents.
The Foundation’s Technology Planning and Implementation Initiative consists of two phases:
Who Can Apply for a Grant?
Organizations primarily serving residents of the following areas are eligible to receive Tower Foundation grants:
The Tower Foundation makes technology grants to:
In addition to the above requirements, to be eligible for a technology grant, agencies must:
How are Technology Implementation Grants Structured?
Each matching grant will be for a time period of up to three years, to a maximum of $125,000. The amount of the award will vary based on the size of the organization and the complexity of implementing the technology plan.
Organizations funded through this initiative are expected to provide matching funds for the Tower Foundation’s award. These funds may be obtained through any source of unrestricted funds or awards designated for the technology implementation project specifically. For multi-year awards, funds will be disbursed each year, not as a single lump sum.
What Costs Can Be Covered by a Technology Implementation Grant?
The Tower Foundation will provide dollar-for-dollar matching funds for costs associated with purchasing equipment, software, training, and services necessary for implementing the agency’s strategic technology plan.
What Won't the Foundation Fund?
Technology implementation grants do not cover costs associated with:
In addition, the Foundation does not fund programs or projects that:
How Does My Organization Apply for a Grant?
The first step in applying for a technology grant is a screening telephone call. This call will provide an opportunity to clarify the intent, scope, and details of the technology initiative; establish an organization’s eligibility for the initiative; and to discuss an agency’s capacity and readiness to implement its strategic technology plan. Based on this telephone call, the Foundation will determine whether or not it wishes to request a full application from the agency.
To be eligible for a technology grant in 2013, arrangements for this screening telephone call must be made prior to January 11, 2013 for the summer cycle, or June 28, 2013 for the Winter Cycle.
The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.
Applicants will be notified as to whether the Foundation is requesting a full proposal by January 25, 2013 for the Summer Cycle and July 19, 2013 for the Winter Cycle. A request for a proposal is not an indication of likely support. The deadline for grant proposals, if requested, is March 13, 2013 for the Summer Cycle, and September 13, 2013 for the Winter Cycle.
Foundation Contact Information
If you have questions about the Foundation’s Technology Implementation grant guidelines, or to arrange a screening call, please contact:
Notice for Prospective Applicants
By submitting this proposal to the Foundation, you, as the applicant or its duly authorized representative, hereby agree and consent that the Foundation may disclose to any employee, trustee or professional representative of the Foundation, or to other potential funding sources or their representatives for possible collaboration, this proposal and all supporting materials which have been or will be submitted in connection therewith, including but not limited to the applicant’s letter of inquiry.