K-12 Technology Grants: A Guide to Getting Money for 2013-2014
There are plenty of tech grants out there for the taking. We dissect where to go and how to get them.
Editor’s Note: Here’s an article from our sister publication, K-12TechDecisions, on obtaining grants. Although it applies to educational technology, if you can use your security technology to support an institution’s educational mission, you just might be able to tap into some of these grants.
Okay. Now that we have your attention, know that this isn’t just any money. It’s money for K-12 schools to get technology. Having a high-tech classroom is as important as a no. 2 pencil these days. However, very few schools have the extra cash to add technology and keep it current.
Thankfully, there’s plenty of assistance available. This comes in the form of grants, awards, contests and other programs. However, you can’t just put your hand out and expect money to magically appear. You’ll need a program that will be willing to fund your school or project. Of course, you need to know where to find those programs and how to apply.
Government grants are available, but there are also many companies out there willing to help put technology into classrooms. Schools can even apply for partnerships and pilot programs. Why would a mega-large company want to help one school? For some organizations, it’s an investment in the future of technology. For others, it’s an investment in their product lineup.
For AMX, it’s a bit of both. The company currently offers the Innovation Grant, which is designed to put AMX RMS (Resource Management Suite) remote management software into schools across the country. This perk allows users to easily troubleshoot A/V equipment in the classroom, all without disrupting the school’s day or budget.
“We offer products in the K-12 space, like many competitors. In most cases, that’s where the offering ends for most people,” says Michael Peveler, vice president of education sales at AMX. “But there’s an on-going cost to maintaining, managing and monitoring that technology. We want to step up and offer to solve some of the problems for our K-12 end users.”
Samsung agrees about giving back to the community, but considers some of these programs to be an investment in the entire technology category. Through the Solve for Tomorrow program, Samsung is hoping