Monday, February 14, 2011

Qwest Foundation

Qwest Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of customers and the communities they serve. It's more than just caring; it's a commitment to making a difference.

Qwest Foundation awards grants that generate high impact and measurable results through community-based programs in the area of K through 12 education. They encourage you to learn more about the Foundation and request funding for your program. For example, it appears that Qwest operates in 14 states. BDPA has co-located chapters in Minnesota (Southern Minnesota, Twin Cities) and Washington (Seattle).

What are the Qwest Foundation's funding priorities? - Qwest Foundation® focuses on enriching the lives of children by supporting solid K-12 educational programs. Educating children is the cornerstone for building strong and enlightened communities.

The Foundation will consider programs that:
  • Effectively use technology to improve K-12 public school instruction
  • Promote innovative models to strengthen K-12 public school education
  • Improve the skills and leadership of educators and parents
  • Promote innovative early childhood education programs
  • Promote diversity awareness and cultural competency
Is there a deadline to apply? - No, requests are reviewed on an on-going basis.

What is the dollar range of the grant award? - Qwest Foundation does not have a range for grant amounts. Many factors, including the specific program or project to be funded and the organization making the request, determine funding amounts. Based on the past several years, the average grant size ranged between $5,000 and $10,000.

BETF is willing to work with local BDPA chapters in Minnesota or Washington if there is any interest in pursuing this funding source.

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