Best Buy is one of the world’s largest big box and online electronics retailers. As part of the company’s commitment to give back, Best Buy offers 3 major grant programs, partners with a number of non-profit organizations and awards some 1,100 scholarships each year to high school students. As the home of the Geek Squad, it may come as no surprise that the focus of Best Buy’s grants are designed to empower young people with an understanding of technology.
The Best Buy Children’s Foundation offers grants to national non-profit organizations. The focus of the program is to provide teens with access to technology to better prepare them for their future and to help them excel educationally. To receive a best buy national grant, your organization must have 501c3 tax-exempt status, serve a need nationwide and must provide a program or curriculum that engages teens with technology. Examples of technology includes computing, digital photography, videography, graphic design, audio production, robotics, game development and computer programming.
Designed for smaller community and regional organizations and programs, the Best Buy Children’s Foundation offers almost $2 million in funding through community grants up to $10,000 for each organization. Your program should focus around giving teens ages 13-18 access to technology such as computer programming, digital imaging, music production, robotics or gaming and mobile applications development. This grant is open to both public and non-profit organizations and programs but must be located within 50 miles of a Best Buy retail location. Contact with your local store community volunteers is encouraged and will give your organization special consideration for funding. The annual deadline for community grants is July 1.
Twin Cities Fund
Best Buy offers a specific local grant program for non-profits in the Minneapolis, MN or Twin Cities 7 country metro area, as its corporate headquarters is based there. This program is similar to the community grants program, but applications are handled on a quarterly basis with deadlines on the first day of February, May, August and November. In addition to funding teen technology programs, the Best Buy Children’s Foundation considers capital requests annually for the Twin Cities metro only. Your non-profit organization should submit a letter of inquiry no later than February 1. Capital grants will then be awarded in July.
Best Buy Giving Partnerships
As part of Best Buy’s further commitment to encourage teens to develop skills with technology, the Best Buy Children’s Foundation partners with the following national organizations: Boys and Girls Club of America, Common Sense Media, Dreaming Tree Films, Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, MOUSE and the National Urban League Project Ready.
Best Buy Scholarship Program
Since 1999, Best Buy has provided almost $22 million dollars in scholarship funding to around 18,000 students. Scholarships are available to high school students from the United States and Puerto Rico from grades 9 – 12. Around 1,100 scholarships are issued annually. Students are considered on academic record, community involvement and work experience.