Program Information and Applications
NATIONAL GRANTS FOR NONPROFITS
The Best Buy Foundation strengthens communities through our national and local grant programs. Our priority is to provide teens opportunities to develop technology skills that inspire future education and career choices. Please read the guidelines to ensure your organization meets our eligibility requirements or refer to the instructions to assist you with the process.
Organizations must meet the following criteria to be considered for a national grant from Best Buy Foundation.
Through the Community Grants program, Best Buy teams across the United States select non-profit organizations that give teens access to opportunities through technology to help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills. This year, the Best Buy Foundation will give $2.1 million in Community Grants. Grant amounts will average $4,000-$6,000 and will not exceed $10,000.
Community Grant applications are accepted once a year in the summer and grants are issued in the fall. Applications for the 2012 program closed July 1, 2012. Click here for the complete list of recipients. Please check back in the spring of 2013 for more information.
TWIN CITIES GRANTS
As a worldwide company headquartered in Minnesota, the Best Buy Foundation considers proposals from nonprofit organizations that serve the seven-county metro area, provides access to opportunities for teens through technology and adds to the vibrancy of the Twin Cities area.
The Twin Cities Fund considers proposals from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that:
- Serve a Twin Cities, MN seven-county metro area audience
- Offer programs or curricula that encourage teens to learn, experiment, collaborate and play with the latest technologies so that youth will become excited about learning and fluent with new technologies, developing skills and experiences to help them succeed in their careers, contribute to their communities and lead outstanding lives. (Technologies include computing, digital photography, filmmaking and videography, graphic design, audio production, robotics, game development, computer programming [including app development]).
- Add to the vibrancy of the Twin Cities seven-county metro
Twin Cities grant applications to the Best Buy Foundation are reviewed on a quarterly basis, with the following application deadlines:
- November 1
- February 1
- May 1
- August 1
TWIN CITIES CAPITAL GRANTS:
The Best Buy Foundation will consider capital requests in the Twin Cities seven-county Metro area only. To be eligible to apply for a capital grant:
- Nonprofits must have received past program support from the Foundation
- Nonprofits must submit a letter of inquiry (including general description of the campaign) by Feb. 1. Organizations will be contacted within 30 days and advised as to whether or not a full proposal will be accepted. If accepted, nonprofits should submit immediately through the on-line process.
- Accepted capital requests will be presented at the Q1 Foundation meeting (generally in April)
- Site visits may be conducted between April and June with final decisions announced after the Q2 meeting (generally in July).
Take the eligibility quiz to see if your non-profit meets the criteria to submit a Twin Cities or capital grant application.
GEEK SQUAD ACADEMY:
Geek Squad Academy is a community sponsored event by Best Buy. At Geek Squad Academy, we partner with local non-profit organizations to teach students in a fun, interactive learning environment about the latest technology in classes such as Digital Photography, Programming, Digital Music, Film Production, and Robotics.
Geek Squad Academy applications are accepted in February of each year and camps are held throughout summer and fall. Applications for the 2014 season close on February 28. Click here for a link to the application.
We Do Not Fund:
- Organizations not certified as 501(c)3 by the IRS
- General operating expenses
- Product requests
- Fraternal organizations or social clubs
- Units of government or quasi-governmental agencies
- Labor organizations or political campaigns
- Organizations designed primarily for lobbying
- For-profit organizations or travel programs
- Fundraising dinners, testimonials, conferences or similar events
- Sole support of operating or advertising expenses
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Health, medical, or therapeutic programs or living subsidies
- Athletic teams or events
- Multi-year requests (grants must be reviewed/made annually)