2019 Tech Grant Application

Northbridge Technology Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, solely committed to advancing social justice work. 
We create software solutions for charitable organizations who are engaged in social justice and community building efforts so that their collective impact is increased.
This grant made possible by the generous alliance between our talented volunteers, the open source software community, our corporate sponsors and funders.

Socially progressive leaders require powerful, flexible ways to connect and communicate. With a resource to match the need, Northbridge Technology Alliance is pleased to announce our 2019 technology grant cycle.

(Scroll down to apply in 15 minutes. No obligation.)

Whether by community outreach webinars, online trainings and classes, remote Board meetings or a casual video chat, web-based meetings increase communication options. This grant removes cost and knowledge barriers, ensuring that you have the access, planning and skills that are required to improve your outcomes using web-based meeting formats. This grant will help you transition from simply wondering about new technology options to using web-based meetings effectively and confidently.

This innovative grant awards a "just-right" amount of training, personalized needs assessment, and unrestricted use of a private, full-featured conference room in our virtual web conference center Nexus Web Meet. Following a few hours of work, grantees emerge with a thoughtful, simple, personalized plan for their own technology adoption and practiced skills that are transferrable to any web conferencing platform. Successful grantees become eligible for the ongoing major cost benefits of Northbridge Technology Alliance's selective, socially responsible membership cooperative.

Our broad impact areas are designed to encourage a diverse profile of grantees. This grant is designed to support transformative, intersectional work and to reward imaginative, collaborative teams who are advancing project work of any scale, at any stage, in:

  • Metropolitan Chicago: Community Engagement for Strong Neighborhoods
  • Illinois: Health Care Equity
  • United States: Systemic Racial Equity
  • International: Human Rights
  • Other, by Invitation

If your work touches one or more of these areas and you suspect that web-based meetings might advance your mission, we welcome your application! If you have any questions at all, including eligibility questions, please take advantage of our online chat hours (M-F 9-12 CT) or drop us a line at grants@northbridgetech.org.

This grant is valued at $5,000. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until capacity is filled.

Please refer to whitepaper links in sidebar for more details.

Impact Area
Please select the area of impact that best represents your mission. Refer to the grant eligibility guidelines for a information about these impact areas.
Grant Application Details

Please tell us about the work that your group or team is doing. As you answer these questions, make sure to refer to the grant eligibility guidelines for an understanding of the types of initiatives we are supporting.

What is your group or team name? (255 characters)
What is your mission? How does your mission fit into the grant's target impact area? Your mission may be the same as your formal organizational mission, or it may be more specific. You may not have a formal mission statement at all and that's ok too. Just tell us in a sentence or two what your group or team is trying to achieve. (255 characters)
What populations and geographical areas are you engaged with most strongly? How does your service reach compare to the grant's target geography? (1000 characters)
How are you accountable to the communities you support? How are your goals influenced, represented, and evaluated by the communities that you serve? (1000 characters)
From what you understand right now, how do you think that web meeting technology could advance your work? It's ok to have a fuzzy idea of what you are hoping for. This grant will help to sharpen your goals. Just tell us your initial thoughts about what activities you think you could do more, or better, or more cheaply with web meeting technology. (255 characters)
Are you able to invest several intentional hours to meet the "Grant Requirements" described in the Eligibility and Submission Guidelines, page 4
If you have been provided an application invitation code, please enter it here. (This is NOT required for application.)
Corporate Structure
Please tell us about the organization that sustains your work. If your work is cross-organizational (hurray!) please represent one of your primary sponsors.
Please enter the legal name of the organization you work with or for. If you are not with an organization, just tell us the name of your team or group. (255 characters)
Nonprofit and charitable corporate structures vary internationally. Please select the option(s) that represents your situation most closely.
This represents the annual budget for the specific project work you are delivering.
This represents the annual budget for the entire organization that sustains your group's activity. If unsure, please indicate your best judgment.
If applicable and known by the applicant. (This number will vary internationally. For example, U.S. organizations should use EIN.)