Thursday, May 27, 2010

Best Buy @15 Community Grants Program

Best Buy Offers Community Grants
Through decades of charitable giving totaling more than $175 million, Best Buy has supported non-profit organizations in the communities where our employees live and work. Best Buy believes in the power of teens, and @15 is a platform to connect with them, give voice to their perspectives, and invest our resources – including the energy and talents of our employees – to turn their ideas into action and support their efforts to lead social change. To learn more, visit

@15 is about giving teens opportunities to Live, Learn, Love, and Lead. These are the four dimensions of our @15 mission, and they are specifically designed to create a picture of a whole person, rather than defining a particular issue.
  1. Learn — opportunities to have a high quality education and learn
  2. Live — opportunities to build life skills and thrive
  3. Lead — opportunities to develop leadership skills and contribute
  4. Love — opportunities to build healthy relationships and relate
@15 COMMUNITY GRANTSThrough the @15 Community Grants Program, Best Buy teams across the United States select non-profit organizations that provide positive experiences to help teens to excel in school, engage in their communities, and develop leadership skills. This year, Best Buy Children's Foundation will give $2 million through the Community Grants Program.

Best Buy seeks applications from organizations that have current 501(c)(3) tax status and are serving a diverse population of young teens in the areas of learning, life skills, leadership or relationship development. Special consideration will be given to programs that:
  • Serve a diverse population in local or regional communities
  • Build social, academic, leadership and/or life skills in early adolescents (primarily ages 13-18)
  • Show positive results against a demonstrated community need
  • Reach at-risk children in working families
Funding GuidelinesGrants will average $3000-$5000 and will not exceed $10,000.   Non-profits located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or Regional Distribution Center may apply. See the Best Buy store locator at

Organizations must successfully complete the grant eligibility quiz online at: to apply.

Grants are awarded for one year and are not intended to be recurring funding. We invite grantees to re-apply in subsequent years based on program results, although there are no guarantees of multi-year grants. Previous grantees must submit a report online before applying for subsequent funding.

Organizations within the Twin Cities 7-county metro area are eligible and can apply for the Community Grants Program or the Twin Cities Fund, but not both.

  • June 1, 2010 Grant application opens. Review guidelines and apply online at 
  • July 1, 2010 Deadline to submit application online - hard copy applications will not be considered.
  • September 2010 Grant announcement and awards.
QuestionsGo to or contact or 866-625-4350.

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