The Environmental Law & Policy Center is pleased to announce the launch of the Chicago-Area Environmental/Conservation Group Collaborative Tech Small Grant Fund. This grants program supports specific technology and operational needs that have arisen as Chicago-area environmental and conservation nonprofit organizations transition to communicating and operating remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Grant Application form by which organizations with annual budgets of less than $2.5 million can apply for grants up to $5,000.
Grants are available to support:
- Technology Equipment for Staff, such as laptops, printers and WIFI bandwidth increases for home offices.
- Reimbursement for Use of Personal Devices, such as cell phones.
- Access to New Online Tools to Enhance Communications among Remote Staff.
- IT Infrastructure, including hard costs and consultants used to buy or upgrade server. equipment, cloud capacity, and other IT infrastructure that helps remote staff keep connected.
- Training for Individual Organizations Regarding Online Video and Management Tools.
- Consultant(s) on VPN and Other IT Issues.
- Training Across Organizations Regarding Online Video and Management Tools.
The Grant Application is designed to be straightforward and streamlined to support requests for funds to support the transition of your office and staff to remote work.
Linda Lipton is managing this small grants program on behalf of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, which is administering the Fund. Policy decisions are reviewed by a Steering Committee of local Executive Directors. We appreciate contributions from the Walder Foundation, Hamill Family Foundation and Oberweiler Foundation, which support this Fund.
Completed applications should be sent as an email attachment by June 12, 2020 to SmallTechGrants@elpc.org. Please direct questions to Libby Prakel at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your grant applications and helping your organizations address the communications, technology and operational challenges that the COVID-19 creates for all of our work.