Transformational Skilling for a Smarter Future – Lenovo Foundation Grats

Y22/23 TransforME Grants: Transformational Skilling for a Smarter Future
The Lenovo Foundation is looking for organizations that are equipping today’s workforce with the skills individuals need to transform their career, lives, and communities.

Are you a registered charity or NGO that trains, reskills, or upskills high potential adults to solve problems using innovative, emerging technology? We want to hear from you; please complete this grant application. Interviews and/or in-person visits may be requested by Lenovo staff prior to grantee selection.

Deadline to apply: October 24th 2022
Requirements to apply
Timely application by stated deadline.
Compliance affirmation and paperwork (questions #8-11)
Banking and payment details
Two photos, approved by organization for Lenovo’s use on social media
What are we looking for?
Organizations that are developing skills for individuals in the fields of computer programming, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, IT support, internet of things, analytics, automation, and other emerging technologies.
Focus on benefitting individuals with the following demographics:
Focus on communities:
Experiencing economic hardship
Facing historical or systemic boundaries to opportunity
Facing geographic boundaries to opportunity
Targeting populations:
Age 18-65+

From underrepresented backgrounds in the industry, including women and individuals from minority racial/ ethnic backgrounds.
Programs that can demonstrate:
High rates of participant engagement and retention
Ability to enable transformational outcomes for individuals on a 24-month timeline (or less)
At least two years of program existence preferred
Thoughtful, well executed financial planning for program support in the USD $25k – $250k range.
Grant round is for cash only programmatic support.
Detailed understanding of the programmatic cost of successful completion of the program (I.e. how much money is needed for one individual to successfully complete the program, and how do you define successful completion)
Thoughtful approaches to removing barriers to success for target populations, i.e. living stipends for impoverished populations, free child care to enable success for parents
Organizations that are responsible and prompt in their communications and are looking to grow a partnership with Lenovo.

Application Structure
Please have the following information prepared for submission:
Contact information
Compliance affirmation
Materials needed: photo, budget
Grant Application Questions
Relationship Disclosure

Video Details
We welcome the chance to get to know you through a video introduction. This video does not have to be a high production quality. You can simply record and introduction on your phone, table or other device. We’re looking for a basic introduction of your organization and skilling program. Consider including the following:

State name of organization and speaker
Share where you are based and the community you serve
How is your program skilling individuals for the future
What does Lenovo’s vision of “providing smarter technology for all” mean to you?
Any other information that can fit within a three minute video!

We welcome the chance to hear from up to two references who recommend your organization’s program. References are to be sent to prior to application deadline.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to reviewing your application!

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