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Funding Opportunity: AT&T Excelerator Technology Grants

The 2007 AT&T Excelerator grant program will provide a total of $9 million in competitive technology grants to help local nonprofit organizations integrate technology into their operations and community outreach. AT&T Excelerator grants are designed to help nonprofit organizations improve their operations and build stronger communities through Internet access, data networking, online outreach, staff technology capacity, and pooled technology resources. For 2007, the grant program will be open to nonprofit organizations in 22 states, including four states, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, in the South Central Region.

To qualify for this grant, an organization must emphasize education, community development, health and human services, or arts and culture. Grant funds may be used for data communications services, hardware, software, technology training, personnel, and application development. At least 50 percent of project funding must be used to target underserved populations, including low income populations, seniors, racial and ethnic groups, and disabled persons. Grants to single organizations will range from $2,500 to $25,000 each. Collaborations by two or more organizations will be considered for grants up to $50,000. The period of performance for all projects is one-year.

Previous grant awardees in the South Central Region include:

Arkansas:

  • Arkansas State University
    To support technology and scientific instruments for training teachers and students about research technology in science and math.
  • CARTI Foundation Inc.
    To support technology for cancer patients that will provide easy access to general information about cancer.
  • St. Joseph’s Guild
    To support new technology that will provide better learning experiences for seniors.

Oklahoma

  • Judith Karman Hospice Inc.
    To support the purchase of technology equipment that would allow hospice nurses to enter data about their patients during patient visits.
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation
    To support technology purchases for tribal community centers in rural communities currently lacking reliable computers or Internet access.
  • Rogers State University Foundation
    To support the upgrade of the Rogers State University Library’s Integrated Library System.

Texas:

  • Alzheimers Association — El Paso
    To support the purchase of computer hardware and software to connect the national office with local chapters for client services and data-sharing procedures.
  • Austin Public Library Foundation
    To support technology upgrades and training for staff members in order to improve tracking system and youth technology education.
  • Austin Nonprofit Resource Network
    To support software purchase and application development for the Online Resource Library for nonprofit organizations.
  • Career and Recovery Resources Inc.
    To support basic computer training classes and specialized programs for the unemployed and elderly seeking to re-enter the workforce.
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Comal County Inc.
    To support purchase of computer equipment and accessories that will educate children and caregivers about child abuse and prevent future occurrences.
  • El Centro de Corazon
    To support a telemedicine program, targeting a primarily Hispanic inner-city market, in collaboration with other health care organizations.
  • El Progreso Library
    To support provision of wireless access points and wireless cards to increase availability and flexibility of computer access to Uvalde residents of diverse backgrounds.
  • Friends of the Castroville Public Library
    To support computer systems, high speed Internet access and technology staff-training for efficient and effective library services for its patrons.
  • Friends of the Dallas Public Library Inc.
    To support the purchase of computers, digital cameras and other technology that willols in order to expose youth to technology-training in a safe and technically secure environment.
  • Polly Ryon Hospital Authority/Oakbend Medical Center
    To support provision of hand-held solutions for mobile healthcare professionals to help improve the quality of healthcare.
  • Technology For All-Houston Inc.
    To support purchase of computers, software and training to improve effectiveness of serving Houston neighborhoods where many displaced Louisiana residents now reside

For more information and for an application: http://www.att.com/gen/corporate-citizenship?pid=7745

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