- Why are Future Generation Tech Lab Grants available?
When technology development moves at the speed of light, it’s difficult for schools to keep up with the latest computers and
gadgets that students need to inspire their learning and stay competitive as they move into post-secondary education and the
workforce. At Future Shop, we believe that access to technology is a key component that builds a student’s confidence and
creativity, qualities that will open doors to future possibilities. The Future Shop Tech Lab program, which focuses on Grades
9-12 (secondary 3-5 in Quebec), will help schools and teachers provide the best technology for their students.
- What are the Samsung Hope for Children technology grants?
These grants are provided by Samsung Electronics Canada through its charitable foundation, Samsung Hope for Children. These technology grants are valued at $10,000 each and consist exclusively of Samsung products. Schools will be shortlisted for these grants based on the items listed in the budget section of the application form. Samsung Electronics Canada will have final selection of winning schools.
- Which schools are eligible to apply?
All Canadian public secondary schools are eligible to apply. 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 secondary school will be accepted.
- What are the important dates we should know?
Dates to apply are from November 13 to December 20, 2012 at 6 PM (EST). Announcement of Grant recipients: On or before January 31, 2013
- How do I submit an application?
Application forms will available on this site from November 13 to December 20, 2012.
- Who should be involved in creating the application?
We’ve found the most successful Future Shop Tech Lab 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.
- How will the winners be selected?
The winning applications will be determined by a cross-functional panel of Future Shop associates to determine the recipients of the grants.
In some cases, Future Shop 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 for are:
- How will the funds be used to provide an enhanced learning experience for students?
- How many students will be impacted?
- Does the application and Tech Lab focus on Grade 9-12 students?
- Is the school in need of resources? Or how do they rank in their district or school board in terms of need?
- The overall quality of the application and benefit of the funds for students.
- What is the value of each Tech Labs Grant?
The value of each grant is dependent on the winning applications; schools are required to fill out a budget form and indicate how much
funding they are applying for. This year, grants will be awarded in amounts from $5K-$25K. Tech Lab Grants will be awarded based on the
merit of the submission and expressed need. For this year, Future Shop will be awarding $250,000 in grants. In addition, two special
technology grants will be awarded by Samsung Canada.
- Why is Future Shop donating to schools?
Future Shop Tech Labs demonstrate our continued commitment to supporting students and education in Canada. We’ve donated millions of
dollars to education, including nearly 700 post-secondary scholarships, we’ve provided more than 800 computers to non-profit partners,
and built 36 Tech Labs. Future Shop is committed to connecting youth with technology to inspire, motivate and empower. We believe one
of the best investments to live this commitment 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.
- Does Future Shop offer grants for elementary schools?
Future Shop is currently considering expanding the Future Generation Tech Lab Grant programs to include classes from Kindergarten
to Grade 8 (Kindergarten to secondary 2 in Quebec) starting in 2013. If you are interested in receiving information about this program
when it is fully developed, send your contact information to email@example.com