2021 poweron
Mobile Mini grant

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At a time of year when LGBTQ+ organizations need more support than ever, PowerOn is launching a mini grant to connect LGBTQ+ organizations and individuals with technology hardware. 

Apply to receive up to five devices (laptop, tablet, cell phone) for use by organization staff or  program participants at a time of year when it’s needed most.

"The Digital Divide is real and you allowed us to help a few community members connect."

"The technology from PowerOn has allowed us to serve more people virtually."

The purpose of the mini grant is to provide mobile technology that can be used in a center’s physical space, by a staff member working from home, on outreach missions, or by center clients at their residences. The grant is also intended to bridge the gap between immediate tech needs and our regular grant cycle in Spring 2022. 

The grant application period will run from December 1, 2021 to December 15, 2021. Awards will be announced beginning December 22. Granted technology will be shipped shortly after awards are announced. 

Questions about this opportunity will be answered by email only. Please contact Ellie Bessette, Director of Programs, with any questions. 

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"The computers from PowerOn have allowed us to have more frequent virtual groups for our LGBT+ youth."

In 2020 the Mini Grant:

  • Distributed more than 70 devices to 17 grantees

  • Reached thousands of disconnected LGBTQ+ individuals

  • Connected the community to food banks, support groups, and health care

Opens December 1

Closes December 15

PowerOn Grant Application FAQs

WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?

To be eligible for this grant, organizations must:

  • be a 501(c)(3) organization

  • be based in the United States or U.S. territories

  • primarily serve members of the LGBTQ+ community in the U.S. or territories

WHAT DEVICES ARE PROVIDED THROUGH THIS GRANT?

This mini grant is limited to laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Grants are limited to five (5) devices total. PowerOn grants devices themselves and not the funds to purchase devices.

WHAT DEVICES CAN I EXPECT? IS EVERYTHING NEW?

Yes, all devices from PowerOn are new. Usual brands include BLU phones, Lenovo tablets, and HP laptops but vary depending on availability. We are not able to accept requests for particular brands. All devices are sufficient to meet the basic computing and communication needs of the recipients and include WiFi capability and cameras.

ARE SERVICE PLANS OR SOFTWARE INCLUDED?

No, PowerOn does not currently provide service (cell phone plans, data plans, broadband plans, etc.) for granted devices. Devices come with an operating system installed but no other software is included (such as Microsoft Office).