Today, we have a guest post from Free Geek, a non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon that refurbishes technology and gives it to our community at no or low cost.
Hi there! Our mission is to sustainably reuse technology, enable digital access, and provide education to create a community that empowers people to realize their potential.
We are very excited to introduce our Hardware Grants program, which connects qualifying nonprofits and community change organizations with free and low-cost refurbished technology and support. We serve over 150 different organizations every year.
Since our inception, we have granted more than 10,500 items to a total of over 2,000 nonprofits such as Bradley-Angle House, Habitat for Humanity, Hacienda CDC, Home Forward, KBOO Community Radio, Northwest Children’s Theatre and School, Oxford House, and Street Roots.
Currently we grant computers including laptop and desktop PCs and iMacs (Apple desktops). PCs come with Linux Mint, a free, open-source operating system installed; iMacs come with MacOS 10.11. Computers granted to local organizations also come with a one-year hardware warranty, and PCs come with Linux tech support.
Currently an applicant may request up to 5 desktop PCs, 6 laptop PCs, and 3 iMacs during each application period. Printers, routers, and other tech are also grantable, pending supply availability. Plus, recipients receive a 20% discount on tech sold in the Free Geek Store.
Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status as well as community groups that are under nonprofit fiscal sponsorship are generally eligible for hardware grants.
We also welcome applications from community groups that are not registered but can document their work in the community. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The tech must be picked up from our Portland location, but for those of you far from us, fear not! Anyone authorized by your organization can pick the grant up.
To learn more about Free Geek’s Hardware Grants program and apply online, visit freegeek.org/grants. We would love to help meet your technology needs. Thank you for all the incredible work you do!
“By refurbishing and granting electronic equipment, Free Geek allows nonprofits like the one where I volunteer to more efficiently carry out their missions… Free Geek helps us maintain a very low-overhead operation, with funds spent on programs, not on computers.” — Michael Hale, Volunteer at Portland Taiko