Dream Big Technology Grant 2020 Grant Application -- Alabama Nonprofit Organizations

Dream Big A TechBridge Grant



Nonprofits staff and volunteers often brainstorm great ideas but lack the resources to operationalize them with the latest technology.


Alabama’s Dream Big technology grant is designed to combine your ideas with organizational strategy, tech know-how, technology and match funding. It’s simple: Describe your situation, challenge or problem --and outline your solution; there's probably a way technology can help you to manage it strategically and help your nonprofit better serve its constituents.


TechBridge is a link between technology and 501(c)(3) organizations. Our nonprofit technology specialists have helped thousands of nonprofits like yours --shelters, food pantries, after school programs, workforce development programs, justice programs, anti-human trafficking programs and many others. These grants operationalize nonprofits’ "wish lists" or their strategic plans through technology. Nonprofits re-imagine donor management, client journey tracking, client experience measurements, improved client in-take and on-boarding, operationalized strategic plan and other innovative ideas to improve how your nonprofit works.

 

Alabama's Dream Big grant will combine strategy and technology with your idea to address the situation your nonprofit believes could be done differently, more efficiently and effectively. If you are able to articulate a problem and outline a possible solution, there's probably a way technology can manage it strategically and help your nonprofit serve its constituents even better. The Dream Big Grant is available to help us make it a reality. 


April 23 - OPEN: Applications can be submitted beginning April 23, 2020.

June 4 - CLOSED: Nonprofits must submit applications before June 4, 2020 at 5:00 PM CT


Our experienced TechBridge teams will evaluate your idea for estimate costs. Your job is to describe the idea and how why it matters to your organization and express how your mission aligns with the TechBridge focus on breaking the cycle of generational poverty. Nonprofit organizations may qualify for grant funds of usually $5,000 up to $30,000 in this 80/20 matching grant, meaning TechBridge funds 80% of the project and your nonprofit funds 20% through its other funders. 


Applicants are requested to add the email address dreambig@techbridge.org to their personal contact lists to facilitate a timely notification process and minimize the risk of notification e-mails being misdirected.


Applicants agree that TechBridge reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by TechBridge, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. TechBridge may use the photograph/video of Dream Big Technology Grant recipients in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by TechBridge including but not limited to: websites, brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, social media, etc.


Eligibility Description

Alabama nonprofits may request a matching grant for up to $30,000 in TechBridge service towards the implementation of a specific technology solution that builds capacity, efficiency or effectiveness for their organization. Each nonprofit selected will receive a 4x match from TechBridge (up to the award amount), meaning that for every $1,000 requested, the nonprofit would be required to contribute $200 or 20% and TechBridge 80%. See the table below:

 

PROJECT COST

TECHBRIDGE GRANT

NONPROFIT PORTION

$5,000

$4,000

$1,000

$7,000

$5,600

$1,400

$10,000

$8,000

$2,000

$16,000

$12,800

$3,200

$20,000

$16,000

$4,000

$25,000

$20,000

$5,000

$30,000

$24,000

$6,000

 

Built into the grant award will be a required Comprehensive Assessment, provided by TechBridge (this will be waived if a nonprofit has received one within the last two years). Please note that the grant will also include a detailed discovery process by TechBridge to understand the organization and the proposed technology project. This discovery process may include, but is not limited to, a Comprehensive Technology & Data Assessment, Solution Design, Process Definition, Functional Requirements and/or Data Strategy. Following this discovery phase, it may be mutually determined and agreed to by TechBridge and the grantee that a different project is the best fit for the awarded funding.

Eligible Organizations

Nonprofits that meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for a grant from the Dream Big Alabama Technology Grant:

  • Nonprofit organization must be located and providing services within Alabama;
  • Nonprofit organization must be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 (c)(2), and the I.R.S. determination must be current;
  • Nonprofit organization must be registered with the Alabama Secretary of State as a nonprofit (click here to verify: http://arc-sos.state.al.us/cgi/corpname.mbr/input)
  • Nonprofit organization must have a minimum two-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501(c)(3) classification
  • Nonprofit organization must have annual operating expenses greater than $500,000 as reflected in the most recently filed I.R.S. Form 990 (click here for more information on Form 990: https://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-NonProfits/Form-990-Resources-and-Tools);
  • Nonprofit organization must have at least three (3) full-time paid employees or Full Time Equivalents (FTE), paid minimum wage or more, working at least 35 hours per week or two employees working a combined 35 hours per week, all classified as a W-2 employee for the 12 months prior to submitting an application (please note that contractors or consultants do not count toward this requirement); and
  • Nonprofit organization must have filed the end-of-grant report for any previous TechBridge Grant award

Ineligible Organizations

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding:

  • Private and publicly funded schools (K-12) and institutions of higher learning. This does not include nonprofit charter schools;
  • Organizations that exclusively raise funds for publicly funded schools (K-12), institutions of higher learning and government agencies;
  • Organizations that require participation in religious services and/or education as a condition of receiving services; and/or
  • Organizations that have discriminatory policies and/or practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex/gender, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information or political beliefs.

Ineligible Requests

The following application requests are not eligible to apply for funding:

  • Applications for consulting services that take place outside the grant period.
  • Applications for services not provided by TechBridge
  • Applications for equipment or hardware, website design, services by others; and/or

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 
Please be advised that in order to launch the application, all of the criteria below must be met and checked. 



If you cannot check all boxes above, please revisit the project proposal before completing this application.

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