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BEST BUY SCHOOL TECH GRANTS

Better education through better technology

At Best Buy, we believe that access to technology is a key component to building a student’s confidence and creativity – qualities that will open doors to future possibilities. Having the latest in computers and digital devices helps keep students motivated and allows them to stay competitive as they move towards post-secondary education. The Best Buy School Tech Grants program exists to equip Canadian students with the right technology to keep them inspired, motivated and empowered as they learn and grow.

School Tech Grants are available for:

Elementary schools to help introduce or improve the technology available to all students in the school from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Secondary schools to upgrade the technology of a specific program or classroom primarily used by students in Grades 9-12.

Grants are offered in two streams:

General School Tech Grants are offered as a way for schools to improve or integrate technology in their classrooms to advance student learning. This could include new technologies for areas including libraries, special needs classrooms, literacy programs, etc.

STEM School Tech Grants are available for schools looking to add technology to programs with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) to enhance offerings such as robotics clubs, math programs, coding, makerspaces and digital media courses.

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 will open doors to future possibilities. Having the latest in computers and digital devices help to keep student motivated and empowered in their studies and allows them to stay competitive as they move into post-secondary education. The School Tech Grants program helps Canadian schools and teachers provide the best technology for their students at all levels of education.

Which schools are eligible to apply for elementary school grants?

Grants for elementary schools are open to all Canadian public schools with any grade ranged 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.

Which schools are eligible to apply for secondary school grants?

Grants for secondary schools are open to all 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.

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 is important to help educators provide students with the right tools to keep students inspired, motivated and empowered to continue their education in these subjects. We hope that by focusing grants here, we can encourage schools to expand or create more classes, courses and clubs that will introduce and engage students in their STEM education.

What is the value of each School Tech Grant?

The maximum value of each grant is $20,000. Schools are required to fill out a budget as part of the application indicating how much funding they are applying for. The value of the grant is based on this individual school information. School Tech Grants will be awarded based on the merit of the submission and expressed need. Applications that exceed the maximum grant value will not be considered.

How will the winners be selected?

The winning applications will be determined by a cross-functional panel of Best Buy employees to determine the recipients of the grants. In some cases, Best Buy may call or visit the school (with permission) or contact the school board or district to determine the final recipients. Some key areas of consideration are:

  • 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 equalize 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?
  • The overall quality of the application and benefit of the funds for students.

Who should be involved in creating the application?

The most successful School Tech Grant applications are those developed as a team. Applications can be created by one teacher, or by several staff with support of their students and the school board or district. 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; this is why we provide monetary donations. We encourage you find out about these vendor agreements when you are preparing your application. In cases where technology purchased from Best Buy directly would not be able to be implemented in the classroom, or if you are 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. We believe one of the best investments we can make is to help reduce the digital and economic divide for talented youth providing students and teachers with the technology they need to foster creativity and innovation.

I have a question that is not listed here!

Please submit your questions by email us at schoolgrants@bestbuycanada.ca.

APPLY FOR A GRANT

The application period is now closed.

We are no longer accepting submissions from secondary schools for Best Buy School Tech Grants. Each applicant will be notified of their status and winners will be announced in January.

Thank you for your interest in our program!

Contact Us

If you need help with your application or have questions about the Best Buy School Tech Grants program, email us at schoolgrants@bestbuycanada.ca.