Gates Foundations' Access to Learning Award 2013: $1 million grant for those providing free access to computers and the internet

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting you to apply for its annual Access to Learning Award 2013, which provides grant of up to $1 million to organizations that are working to connect people to information and opportunities through free access to computers and the internet.

The Award is part of the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative dedicated to opening a world of knowledge and opportunity by partnering with public libraries to provide free access to computers and the Internet. Public libraries or similar organizations outside the United States can apply for the Award. Applications particularly from institutions in developing countries providing such services to disadvantaged communities are encouraged.

Organizations must show how they make technology services available to the public in a community space without charging any membership or access fees and must detail the types of technology training they offer to the public and their staff.

Organizations that restrict services or charge fees to access the facilities or use the computers and the Internet are not eligible.

The Foundation will specifically look for ground-breaking Internet connectivity, training, and sustainable models and programs that creatively reach underserved communities.

» Applications can be submitted online. The deadline to submit applications is 30 September 2012.

» Applications must be submitted in English, but informational brochures are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

» Past Award Recipients

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