New Yorkers are used to being on the top of the heap. And they already are with the Sprint Foundation. Its Sprint Local Giving Program gives out $50,000 each year to four cities, and New York is one of those that make the cut (along with Atlanta, Dallas/Forth Worth, and Denver).
The New York metro area makes the cut, and now your program must make the cut. First, some geography. Sprint defines "New York" as including the New York counties of Bronx, Kings,Nassau, New York, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, as well as the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties.
So far so good? Now here comes your part of the competition: The Sprint Local Giving Program gives out three grants a year, a first place ($25,000), second place ($15,000) and third place ($10,000) prize. These grants go to community-based programs (i.e. not schools) that focus on either youth development, environmental stewardship, or arts and culture by integrating STEM learning and/or hands-on technology into their projects.
Sprint is asking you to think creatively and collaboratively in the name of K-12 kids in need. Some recent New York-area winners who got it right:
- Police Athletic League NYC: $25,000 for its STEM enrichment afterschool classes and field trips;
- Long Island Children's Museum: $25,000 for its school-museum teaching model;
- Bronx Arts Ensemble: $15,000 for its Technology in the Arts-in-Education Classroom program;
- East Harlem Tutorial Program: $15,000 for its Afterschool Technology Enrichment program;
- Brooklyn Ballet: $10,000 for its Ballet & Technology Innovative Workshop for middle school students;
- Futures and Options, Inc.: $10,000 for its college mentorship program, including online resources for underserved students.
The Sprint Local Giving Program an open, online application process. Proposals are due mid-June and decisions are made by the end of the calendar year.