2013 Access to Learning Award,Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Deadline: 30 September, 2012
Open to: Public libraries or similar organizations that are working to connect people to information, outside the United States (particularly from developing countries)
Grant:up to $1 million


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting you to apply for its annual Access to Learning Award 2013, which provides grant to organizations that are working to connect people to information and opportunities through free access to computers and the internet.
The Award is part of the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative dedicated to to opening a world of knowledge and opportunity by partnering with public libraries to provide free access to computers and the Internet.
The Foundation will specifically look for ground-breaking Internet connectivity, training, and sustainable models and programs that creatively reach underserved communities.


Public libraries or similar organizations outside the United States can apply for the Award. Applications particularly from institutions in developing countries providing such services to disadvantaged communities are encouraged.
Organizations must show how they make technology services available to the public in a community space without charging any membership or access fees and must detail the types of technology training they offer to the public and their staff. Organizations that restrict services or charge fees to access the facilities or use the computers and the Internet are not eligible. To be eligible to receive the 2013 ATLA, your organization currently provide free public access to computers and the Internet in a public setting. The ATLA is awarded based upon  past achievement and not future projects.


This award recognizes the innovative efforts of libraries or similar organizations outside of the United States to connect people to information through free access to computers and the Internet. The recipient of the Access to Learning Award will receive $1 million (U.S.)


The application submission site (go here) for the 2013 ATLA will be available by July 30, 2012. Interested applicants could also read the brochure or to read here, if you want to learn more about the award.
The form is only available in English and must be completed in English. The deadline to submit applications is 30 September, 2012.

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