February 2003      Vol. 12, No. 2  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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Grants Available for Computer Equipment
Individuals in Nebraska and 21 other states will be eligible to receive Internet-capable computer hardware free of charge under a foundation program dedicated to changing lives through technology.

The Beaumont Foundation of America (BFA) is a charity committed to improving the lives of individuals by providing a computer with Internet capability. These grants serve the most vulnerable populations living the United States. BFA believes that giving people access to technology is important and has the potential to change their lives significantly.

BFA will give away almost 2000 technology packages in 2003 to individuals living in Nebraska and 21 additional states. In 2004 the remaining states will get their chance to receive the computer equipment.

Grant applications and supporting documentation will be accepted through March 31, 2003 for those residing in Nebraska. Factors to be considered in awarding grants include income, a strong need for technology equipment, and a place to use the equipment.

The demand for computers is far greater than the supply. To increase the chances of success, the Foundation suggests a few guidelines. Applications must be completely and clearly filled out in English, and all required supporting documents should accompany the application.

Individuals will be required to supply a copy of their birth certificate or social security card, 2000-2001 Tax return and W-2 form, the most recent electricity and telephone bill for the household, and an income verification letter.

Those interested in applying should contact the Beaumont Foundation of America by phone, 866.505.2667 or visit their website at www.bmtfoundation.com . Look for 2003 Individual Grants. Note that separate categories for schools and communities are also available for this grant program.

Applicants will be notified by May 30, 2003 if they received the grant. The equipment a Toshiba brand laptop computer and printer, a printer cable and mouse, and office software programs will be shipped in late September 2003.

 Contact: Jeff Reynolds, REAP Program Director at jeffr@alltel.net or 402.656.3091 for more information.
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