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Dell Foundation

Dell Foundation


The Dell Foundation is committed to contributing significantly to the quality of life in communities where Dell employees live and work. The Foundation supports innovative and effective programs that provide fundamental prerequisites to equip youth to learn and excel in a world driven by the digital economy.

The Foundation supports a wide range of programs that benefit children newborn to 17 years of age in Dell's principal US locations, and welcomes proposals from non-profit organizations that address the health and human services, the education, and the technology access for youth as described below.

Qualifications: Basic
  • Must provide direct programs and services to youth ages newborn to high school seniors
  • Must be designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
  • Open Grant partners must be located in one of the following areas:
    In Idaho: Twin Falls County
    In Illinois: Lake County and Cook County
    In New Hampshire: Hillsborough County
    In North Carolina: Forsyth or Guilford County
    In Oklahoma: Oklahoma County
    In Tennessee: Wilson or Davidson County
    In Texas: Travis or Williamson County
  • Equipping Youth Grant partners must be located in one of the following areas:
    Texas: Travis or Williamson County
    Tennessee: Davidson or Wilson County
    Oklahoma: Oklahoma County
    North Carolina: Forsyth or Guilford County
  • The Dell Foundation giving does not extend to:
    Individuals
    Academic or research projects
    Civic, religious, or political institutions
    School fundraisers
    Capital campaigns or endowments
    Sponsorships, marketing opportunities or event fundraisers
    Sports events and organizations
Funding requests to the Foundation cannot exceed 20 percent of an organization's total annual operating budget.

Through two-year partnerships with non-profit organizations, the Dell Foundation supports Healthy Community, Literate Community, and Connected Community programs. Deadlines, additional criteria, and current partners can be accessed on these headings, below.

Healthy Communities Grants: Through two-year partnerships with organizations, the Dell Foundation helps empower its communities to address basic needs for children, such as food, shelter, safety, and healthcare. The next RFP will be available in 2008. For a list of current Healthy Community Grant recipients please click on the link above.

Literate Communities Grants: Through two-year partnerships with organizations, the Dell Foundation helps empower its communities to address basic needs of quality education, particularly in math, science and literacy. The next RFP will be available in 2008. For a list of current Literate Community Grant recipients please click on the link above.

Connected Communities Grants: Through two-year partnerships with organizations, the Dell Foundation helps empower its communities to address technology and access to areas of the community where there is an identified need. The next RFP will be available in 2008. For a list of current Connected Community Grant recipients please click on the link above.

Open Grants: Non-profit organizations that provide direct services to children in Central Texas, Middle Tennessee, Twin Falls, Idaho and Winston-Salem, NC, but do not fit into the above-mentioned categories, may apply to the Dell Foundation for an open grant of up to $5,000. Funding is limited, with final decisions made on the following schedule:

Applications submitted:Notification by:
February through AprilJune 15
May through JulySeptember 15
August through OctoberDecember 15
November through JanuaryMarch 15

Open Grant proposals are limited to one submission per calendar year.

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