Nonprofits depend on technology for communication, internal organization, and creative outreach. Many of the tech corporations who design and build the cameras, computers, smartphones, and tablets for nonprofits also offer grants and other avenues of support for those nonprofits and charities. In this post, we turn to Sony USA, which offerswhere such 501(c)3 organizations can purchase Sony’s products at a notably reduced rate. But more importantly, Sony gives year-long grants to numerous organizations involved in the arts, community outreach and renewal, education, volunteerism, and health and human services.
Thethat Sony supports certainly is impressive. Youth soccer tournaments, tree-planting drives, The , fundraising drives for inner-city schools on the east coast, and infrastructure improvements for the Los Angeles Zoo have all gotten support from the corporation. So why not prepare an application your project?
For the extent of the outreach, the application process is strikingly simple. There are no forms, so your organization mustthat covers the following list:
- A brief, written description of the organization on its official letterhead, including its legal name, history, activities, purpose, and proof of 501 C (3) status as an organization that is not a private foundation
- History of previous support from Sony Corporation of America or any other Sony business unit
- The amount being requested
- A description of the purpose for which the grant is requested
Note that the grant must make clear what your charity or nonprofit wants to accomplish in one year, as Sony stresses the fact that it does not expressly cover multi-year projects.
Like any philanthropic arm of a corporation, certain limits to who can apply are also posted. No individuals or labor unions can apply, nor can political or religious organizations apply to support their political or religious ambitions (not sure how they split that hair if such organization apply for other kinds of projects). The relative technical ease of the application process should make it a high priority for your grant-application list. Just be sure you have good guidance to prepare the appeal, as the competition will be fierce.