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Best Buy Community Relations - Donations, Grants, Funds, and Giving Partnerships

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist on ‎04-08-2014 10:25 AM - edited on ‎01-22-2016 01:08 PM by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist (4,941 Views)

For decades people have turned to Best Buy for answers to their technology questions. As technology becomes more ingrained in our society, we know it is increasingly necessary for youth to develop the 21st-century skills that bridge the digital divide. Yet, we also know that a participation gap exists. Too many teens have little or no access to technology and, as a result, they fall behind their peers. Meanwhile, teens who do have access can benefit greatly by moving beyond mere consumption and toward engaging in the learning opportunities technology can offer.


As a Company, and through the Best Buy Foundation, we are on a mission to provide teens with places and occasions where they can develop technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices. We strive to leverage our local community presence, our technology resources and our talented employees to provide new and creative programs to serve our communities.


Best Buy takes great pride in its community involvement.  As such, Best Buy is dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations and programs that provide teens with opportunities to develop technology skills. Please read the guidelines to ensure your organization meets our eligibility requirements or refer to the instructions to assist you with the process. Paper applications are not accepted.


Take the eligibility quiz to see if your non-profit meets the criteria to apply for a grant.



Who may apply:


  • Certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and tax exempt public charities that help teens improve technology skills and inspire future education and career choices.
  • Programs that encourage teens to learn, experiment, collaborate and play with technology so that they will become excited about learning and develop skills and experiences to help them succeed academically and in future careers. (Technologies include: computing, digital photography, filmmaking and videography, graphic design, audio production, robotics, game development and programming, including app development).
  • Organizations and/or programs applying for funding must fit into one of these categories and successfully complete the eligibility quiz above:
  1. National- Must serve a national audience and have a national distribution plan in place.
  2. Community Grants- Applications will be accepted from nonprofit organizations providing teens opportunities to develop technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices and are located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or other facility. Learn more about this opportunity.
  3. Twin Cities, MN- As a worldwide company headquartered in Minnesota, the Twin Cities Fund considers proposals from nonprofit organizations that serve a Twin Cities audience, provide teens opportunities to develop technology skills and add to the vibrancy of the Twin Cities seven-county metro area. Learn more about Twin Cities grants.
  4. Capital Grants– Capital funding in the Twin Cities area only. Nonprofits applying must have received program support from the Best Buy Foundation in the past in order to be eligible for capital dollars.


We do not fund:


  • Organizations that in their construction or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, or religious belief.
  • Organizations not certified as 501(c)3 by the IRS
  • Organizations more frequently than annually
  • Individuals
  • General operating expenses
  • Product requests
  • Endowments
  • Fraternal organizations or social clubs
  • Units of government or quasi-governmental agencies
  • Labor organizations or political campaigns
  • Organizations designed primarily for lobbying
  • For-profit organizations or travel programs
  • Fundraising dinners, testimonials, conferences or similar events
  • Sole support of operating or advertising expenses
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Health, medical, or therapeutic programs or living subsidies
  • Athletic teams or events
  • Multi-year requests (grants must be reviewed/made annually)



For more information on our Community Relations grant programs and donation requests, please visit the following Community Relations pages: