The Beaumont Foundation of America is a new philathropic entity dedicated
to providing technology equipment (hardware) to underserved schools,
community organizations, and individuals. Below is some descriptive
material copied from the BFA web site.
Overview of Grant Process
The Beaumont Foundation of America grants Toshiba branded equipment to
support digital inclusion for underserved individuals. The Foundation will
grant $350 million over 5 years in all 50 states and the District of
Columbia. The Foundation has three distinct grant programs:
* Community Grants of technology equipment to community-based
* Education Grants of technology equipment for schools
* Individual Grants of technology equipment directly to individuals
In 2003, the Foundation will award grants in 21 states and the District of
Columbia (Group A), and in 2004, in the remaining 29 states (Group B).
Additional grants will be available in subsequent years.
2003 Grant Cycle Fact Sheet
The Beaumont Foundation of America (BFA), a not-for-profit philanthropic
organization, is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals by
providing technology to historically underserved schools and communities.
We believe new technologies are the essential tools for progress in the
21st century, and that given access to digital information, people will
have a more equal opportunity to advance socially, economically and
intellectually. The Foundation is committed to the principle of digital
inclusion, meaningful participation and information literacy with the
mission of providing access to information for everyone, everywhere,
BFA grants technology equipment to support digital inclusion for low-income
citizens. The Foundation has three distinct grant programs:
- Individual Grants of technology equipment directly to individuals.
- Schools Grants of technology equipment for schools.
- Community Grants of technology equipment to community-based
For detailed information on grant programs, check the BFA website at
BFA makes awards to approximately one-half of the United States each year.
The 2003 and 2005 grant cycles will serve Group A. The 2004 and 2006 grant
cycles will serve Group B.
Group A States
District of Columbia
Group B States
Education K-12 public, private, parochial or charter school 50% students
eligible for National School Lunch Program Located in a Group A state
Community 501(c)3 or non-school government entity Primarily serve
citizens at or below poverty level Located in a Group A state
2003 Award for Organizations
Approximate Grant Pool Grant Size Est No of Grants
Education $20,000,000 $60,000-$200,000 100-350
Community $20,000,000 $20,000-$100,000 200-2,000
* Awards are made for a single site only. Institutions may submit
proposals for each of a network of sites, but each will be evaluated and
* Each state receives grants according to their relative poverty rates.
For example, although North Dakota may be awarded one community grant and
one education grant, California may be awarded 200 community grants and 80
* The Foundation grants a selection of Toshiba branded hardware
equipment available on the 2003 Product List found online at
Application Process Estimated Dates
Review guidelines November 14 - March 31, 2003
Submit proposal online January 6 - March 31, 2003
Mail supporting documents January 6 - March 31, 2003
Award notification May 2003
Project period September, 2003 - August, 2004
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their online proposal and
supporting documentation early during the application time frame.
* Awardees will submit three brief reports.
* Awardees will sign a Statement of Agreement.
* Awardees will include an evaluation plan.
The Beaumont Foundation of America was funded as part of the settlement of
a historic $2.1 billion nationwide class action case. Three Beaumont, Texas
lawyers, Wayne A. Reaud, Gilbert I. Low and Hubert Oxford, conceived of an
ingenious approach to use large class action litigation for public good.
They then procured an order from Federal District Judge Thad Heartfield.
Under this model, unclaimed portions of class action recovery are placed in
a foundation which is dedicated to addressing unmet social needs. The
Beaumont Foundation of America, the product of this model approach, will
use its $350 million corpus to provide computers to low income students,
the poor, hospitals, churches and libraries in all fifty states and the
District of Columbia.
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