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Best Buy Teen Tech Center RFP Opportunity

In partnership with The Clubhouse Network, Best Buy is seeking proposals from nonprofit community organizations to host new Teen Tech Centers in the Twin Cities 7-county metro area. Interested potential partners, particularly those with existing after-school teen programs, are encouraged to view the proposal site and sign-up to attend an upcoming RFP workshop happening from from 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16,  in the Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi Community Meeting Room, Floor 2 (top of escalator) at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN, 55401.

At Best Buy Teen Tech Centers, teens learn:

  • Music production and audio editing
  • Art creation
  • Photography and video editing
  • Coding to control robotics and make mobile applications
  • Animation and design for interactive poetry, stories, and games
  • 3D-object design

Note the deadline date for proposals is March 10, 2017, by 7 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Notification date will be April 17, 2017.

 

As a worldwide company headquartered in Minnesota, the Best Buy Foundation considers proposals from nonprofit organizations that serve the seven-county metro area, providing access to opportunities for teens through technology, and adding to the vibrancy of the Twin Cities area.

The Twin Cities Fund considers proposals from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that:

  • Serve a Twins Cities-area audience
  • Offer programs that encourage teens to learn, experiment and collaborate with the latest technologies, developing skills and experiences to help them succeed in their careers, contribute to their communities and lead outstanding lives.
  • Technologies include computing, robotics, 3-D printing, digital photography, filmmaking and videography, graphic design, audio production, game development, programming and app development.
  • Add to the vibrancy of the seven-county metro area

Twin Cities grant applications to the Best Buy Foundation are reviewed on a quarterly basis, with the following application deadlines:

Nov. 1 | Feb. 1 | May 1 | Aug. 1

Capital Grants The Best Buy Foundation will consider capital requests in the seven-county metro area only. To be eligible to apply for a capital grant:

  • Nonprofits must have received past program support from the Foundation
  • Nonprofits must submit a letter of inquiry (including description of the campaign) by Feb. 1.
  • Organizations will be contacted within 30 days and advised as to whether or not a full proposal will be accepted. If accepted, nonprofits should submit immediately through the on-line process.

Accepted capital requests will be presented at the Q1 Foundation meeting (generally in April). Site visits may be conducted between April and June with final decisions announced after the Q2 meeting (generally in July). Take the eligibility quiz to see if your nonprofit meets the criteria to submit a Twin Cities or capital grant application.