Akamai Foundation: Grants for Science Education

OVERVIEW: The Akamai Foundation focuses its grantmaking on promoting mathematics and technology studies in grades K-12.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks organizations making math exciting and engaging for young students.

PROFILE: Established in 2000, the Akamai Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the company Akamai Technologies, Inc., one of the largest cloud delivery platforms in the world. The Akamai Foundation “[p]romotes the pursuit of excellence in mathematics in grades K-12 to encourage America’s next generation of technology innovators.”

Akamai does not have specific grantmaking programs. According to tax filings, the foundation gives widely to math and science programs, as well as, academic institutions and nonprofits.

Grants range widely from $1,000 to $200,000. Most grants fall in the $5,000 to $25,000 range. Past grantees include Cambridge Public Schools, which received funding from Akamai for its FIRST Robotics program; and the Digital Literacy Project, which was awarded an unrestricted grant.

Akamai accepts unsolicited grant proposals each year. The foundation announces deadlines for submissions on its website and encourages grantseekers to check for those dates around fall.

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