Monday, March 26, 2007

AT&T Announces 2007 AT&T Excelerator Grants

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc., today launched the 2007 AT&T Excelerator competitive technology grant program. In its sixth year, AT&T Excelerator will provide $9 million to regional and local nonprofit organizations in 22 states for projects that use technology to build stronger communities.

The 2007 AT&T Excelerator grant program will award individual grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 that are one year in length. Collaborations by two or more organizations will be considered for grants up to $50,000 for one year. AT&T Excelerator grants help nonprofit organizations improve their operations and build stronger communities through:

•  Internet Access. Networked, high speed access to the Internet and e-mail.
• Data Networking. Network connectivity enabling easy sharing of database applications and information systems.
• Online Outreach. Interactive, Web-based applications that support activities such as service delivery, volunteer recruiting, and e-fundraising.
• Staff Technology Capacity. Technology-training programs for nonprofit staff members.
• Pooled Technology Resources. Programs that work to address the technology needs of multiple nonprofits.

To qualify for an AT&T Excelerator grant, an organization must emphasize education, community development, health and human services, or arts and culture. Grant funds may be used for data communications services, hardware, software, technology training, personnel, and application development. Additionally, no fewer than 50 percent of project grant funds must be used to target underserved populations, including racial and ethnic groups, low-income populations, seniors, or disabled persons.

Interested organizations can apply for this year's grant by downloading a copy of the 2007 request for proposals (RFP) from . All proposals must be received no later than May 4, 2007. Additional guidelines and restrictions are available for review in the 2007 AT&T Excelerator application.

The AT&T Excelerator program is a key component of AT&T AccessAll, a $100 million philanthropic initiative to provide technology access to the organizations that work to strengthen underserved communities. Helping nonprofits integrate technology into their operations and community outreach, AT&T Excelerator grants also place technology tools in the hands of the underserved populations they work with -- providing resources such as Internet access, computer training, math and reading programs, and job-skills development.

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