Frequently Asked Questions
Why are Best Buy School Tech Grants available?
At Best Buy, we believe that access to technology is a key component to building a student’s confidence and creativity - qualities that open doors to future possibilities. Having the latest in computers and digital devices help keep students motivated and empowered in their studies and allows them to stay competitive as they move into post-secondary education.
Which schools are eligible to apply for elementary school grants?
Grants for elementary schools are open to Canadian public schools with any grade range from kindergarten up to and including Grade 8. The application must be approved and submitted with permission of the school’s principal and the knowledge that the donation would be in compliance with the regulations and guidelines of their school board or district. Only one application per school will be accepted during a submission period.
Which schools are eligible to apply for secondary school grants?
Grants for secondary schools are open to Canadian public schools with any grade range from Grade 9 up to and including Grade 12. The application must be approved and submitted with permission of the school’s principal and the knowledge that the donation would be in compliance with the regulations and guidelines of their school board or district. Only one application per school will be accepted during a submission period.
Why are some of the grants focused on supporting programs for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math?
There is a recognized skills gap in Canada in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). At Best Buy, we believe it's important to help educators provide students with the right tools to keep students inspired, motivated and empowered to continue their education in these areas. We hope that by focusing grants in these areas, we can encourage schools to engage students in their STEM education.
How much are the School Tech Grants for?
The maximum value of each grant is $10,000. Schools are required to fill out a budget as part of the application indicating how much funding they're applying for. The value of the grant is based on this individual school information. Applications that exceed the maximum grant value won't be considered.
How will the winners be selected?
The winning applications will be determined by a diverse panel of Best Buy employees. School Tech Grants will be awarded based on the merit of the submission and expressed need. In some cases, Best Buy may call or visit the school (with permission) or contact the school board or district to help determine the final recipients. Some key areas of consideration :
- Will the technology purchased with the grant inspire, motivate and empower students in their studies?
- Will the technology provide for innovation in classrooms?
- Will the new technology help grow technological exposure across socioeconomic classes?
- Will the new technology assist students with learning challenges and disabilities to learn at the same pace or with the same independence as their peers?
- How many students will be impacted?
Who should be involved in creating the application?
Applications can be created by one teacher, or by several staff with support of their students, parents, and/or school board leadership. The most successful applications are generally those developed by a team of stakeholders. The application must be approved by the principal of the school.
Am I only allowed to spend my grant money at Best Buy?
We pride ourselves on having the latest and greatest technology that students need to excel in school and have a dedicated team who can help teachers with their purchases. Our Best Buy for Education team has access to products and devices that are specifically designed for teachers and are happy to assist recipients make the most of their grant. We do however, recognize that schools are bound by school district approved vendors impacting the technology that can be purchased, installed and serviced in schools; which is why we provide monetary donations. We encourage you find out about these vendor agreements when you're preparing your application. In cases where technology purchased from Best Buy directly wouldn't be able to be implemented in the classroom, or if you're seeking specialized technology that we don’t sell, funds can be used with other vendors.
Why is Best Buy donating to schools?
This program demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting students and education in Canada. We’ve donated millions of dollars to education through technology donations to schools and non-profit partners and by supporting post-secondary dreams with scholarships. Best Buy is committed to connecting youth with technology to inspire, motivate and empower their education.
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