poweron
computer lab grant

There is value in having a computer lab (or a few community-use computers) in your LGBTQ+ organization. Computer labs are a place for community engagement, skill building, and independent work. PowerOn is offering this grant opportunity for organizations who want to establish or refresh their community computing space.

The purpose of this grant is to set up or refresh community-use computer labs at organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community. 

This grant application will be offered by invitation only for 2022. Granted technology will be shipped shortly after awards are announced. 


See proposal instructions and FAQs below. Questions about this opportunity will be answered by email only. Please contact Ellie Bessette, Director of Programs, with any questions. 

PowerOn Proposal Instructions

  • Business History – Explain the community served, when and why the organization was established, and current programs and services offered. 

  • Narrative – Include a narrative summary description of the proposed effort and incorporation of the technology into the organization. How will this technology specifically benefit the population the organization serves? Devices are for use in the center’s physical location by community members and/or clients. PowerOn does not supply technology devices to be used solely by center staff members through this grant.

  • Work Plans – Provide a detailed outline and timeline for setting up the devices and using them for programming..

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

  • have a physical space capable of securely offering a computer lab or similar setup

WHAT DEVICES ARE PROVIDED THROUGH THIS GRANT?

This grant is limited to laptop and desktop computers and desktop multifunction printers. Organizations may request as many computers as can be reasonably used based on physical space availability and client traffic. Limit of one printer per organization.

WHAT DEVICES CAN I EXPECT? IS EVERYTHING NEW?

Yes, all devices from PowerOn are new. Usual brands are Lenovo or HP laptops and desktops 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).

WHAT REPORTING IS REQUIRED FOR THIS GRANT?

  • Annual report of organization's services and client demographics

  • Online survey for users to fill out each time they use lab​

    • A tablet will be provided with each grant to facilitate this data collection.​

    • This data will be provided back to centers on a quarterly basis as a benefit to making sure clients check in.