In January, Southern Company and its subsidiaries announced a $50 million, multi-year investment in its service territory’s HBCUs. This investment will support career readiness of students by providing them with scholarships, internships, leadership development, access to technology, and innovation. In addition to our commitment to the vision and goals of this initiative, we also recognize that the current global pandemic has yielded additional immediate needs for HCBUs as they work to educate their students in a novel environment. Southern Company wants to help vital educational institutions deliver on their mission during these uncertain times. To this end, Southern Company Foundation will award $5 million of the overall $50 million funding commitment to select institutions during Fall 2020 to support technology assistance. Southern Company Foundation invites requests of up to $500,000 in funding.
The grant portal will open to applicants on September 8, 2020. The portal will close on September 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Applicants will have 21 days in total to complete their submission.
Applications should be centered on funding technology needs that enable HBCUs to effectively deliver quality education to students. Institutions should explain how near-term support for technology will enable them to navigate challenges presented by COVID-19, as well as how this support will advance longer-term strategic goals around technology and innovation.
Proposed uses of funding may include, but are not limited to:
Institutions may present a technology need not specified above, so long as they explain its merit in the context of immediate instructional needs and future technology planning.
Grant funds may not be used to reimburse the institution for technology costs incurred prior to the submission of this grant.
Grant requests up to $500,000 will be considered. While institutions will not be required to match this award with additional fundraising, it is our hope that recipient institutions will be able to leverage these dollars to attract other investments.
In order to apply for this grant opportunity, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
Project submissions will be evaluated based on the core criteria outlined in this RFP. Final awards will be made based on the recommendations of the grant review committee.
Priority will be given to institutions that:
For questions about the RFP or overall grant, please contact by email:
Coxe Curry & Associates
For specific, technical questions about the online form or website:
Southern Company Foundation, Inc.
Applicants will be asked to upload the following attachments prior to submission: