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individual Tech grant

Surviving, let alone thriving, in today's society requires connection. A phone, tablet, or laptop is essential for completing schoolwork, applying for jobs, staying in touch with friends and family, and accessing vital online services like healthcare. While essential, these devices are often out of reach for many. PowerOn wants to provide the LGBTQ+ community with the technology it needs to survive and thrive.

The PowerOn Individual Tech Grant provides life-saving and life-changing technology (cell phones, tablets, and laptops) to LGBTQ+ individuals for personal use.

Apply to receive:

Cell phones

"The tech will help me with school. I believe it will be easier to manage a tablet than a laptop. I hope to be able to get the
best grades and make my parents proud."

Tablets

"The laptop will help me with my education, earning my GED, getting a job, and help me better myself as a person"

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Laptops

"This tech will help me with school and working from home. I will be able to use the laptop to complete my assignments and attend class and work during work hours"

This grant operates in multiple rounds each year. Applications are accepted in a one month window for each round. Awards will be announced within a month of applications closing. Granted technology will be shipped shortly after.

Individuals may be awarded one (1) device within a 12 month period. Individuals who are not awarded technology in an application round are highly encouraged to reapply in the next round. The next round of applications will open March 25th, 2024 and will close April 26th, 2024.

Please see FAQs and "How to Apply Successfully - Guide" below. ¡También, el formulario de solicitud y la guía están disponibles en Español! 

Questions about this opportunity will be answered by email only. Please contact Samantha Sygier, Programs Coordinator, with any questions. 

PowerOn Grant Application FAQs

WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS? TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS GRANT APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community

  • Have a US address

  • Be over the age of 16

  • Be referred through an establishment such as an LGBTQ+ center, social service organization, school, university, etc. Referrals can be made by case managers, organization staff, teachers, counselors, advisors, professors, etc. If you have questions regarding whether your entity qualifies to make referrals please submit them here.

  • Have not been awarded Individual Tech Grant technology in the last 12 months.

WHAT DEVICES ARE PROVIDED THROUGH THIS GRANT?​

This grant provides smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

WHAT DEVICES CAN I EXPECT?

Usual brands include Lenovo, HP, Brother, and Blu 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.

WHAT REPORTING IS REQUIRED FOR THIS GRANT?

  • Phone recipients must provide PowerOn with phone number after activating phone

  • All grant recipients must submit two impact surveys which will be sent at three and six months as of receiving their device.

  • Option to submit a video report (which we may share on social media). Those who submit a video report will qualify to receive a gift card.

HOW MANY DEVICES CAN I APPLY FOR?

Each applicant can be awarded one device within a 12 month period.

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