$120K of in-kind-grants available for NFPs requiring technical support
Certified B Corp Dog & Bone is launching a grant-in-kind program that provides not for profits with the opportunity to get strategic or technical support with their technology.
The ethical and independent technology advisors support organisations improving the world through technology strategy, procurement, and management, working with many well-known direct impact organisations such as Beyond Blue, Anglicare Victoria, Melbourne City Mission, and the Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency.
Dog & Bone is fully funding the impact grants for technology, providing a pool funding of $120,000 annually for grants in kind, with $30,000 becoming available to eligible NFPs each quarter.
The grants are open to NFPs with 50 staff or less, and organisations can apply for grants from $5-$20,000. There will be $120,000 of projects available annually, with $30,000 per quarter.
Organisations can get practical or strategic support with their technology requirements.
The impact grants give organisations access to technology projects ranging from help with their technology strategy, through navigating the new hybrid workplace, to independent technology procurement.
Grant funding will be tailored to have maximum impact, with some examples including but not limited to developing an IT strategic roadmap, IT health check and assessment, independent benchmark analysis of IT vendors, building an intranet and migrating documents, helping to move IT infrastructure to the cloud, helping to find a new phone system that allows remote working, establishing and attending an IT steering committee for 12 months, helping to find and selecting IT support or management, choosing a video conferencing platform, and supporting finding the right telco or internet vendor (out of contract).
The program aims to support not-for-profit organisations with 50 staff or less, that Dog & Bone has found often struggle to fund much needed high impact technology projects.
Organisations must be registered not for profit with 50 staff or less. To qualify for the grants, applicants must indicate what kind of impact their organisation is trying to achieve, their technology requirements, and how these grants would help them achieve their goals.
Inspired by organisations that exist to create a better world, Dog & Bone works to simplify and decode the complex world of technology to help impact driven organisations better navigate their technology challenges. Since its inception 18 years ago, Dog & Bone has predominantly worked with organisations in the not-for-profit community, helping organisations leverage technology to best deliver their mission by providing strategic and technical support.
Dog & Bone’s CEO Dan McKinley said there are many smaller, high impact not for profits that struggle to afford professional services but that are now more than ever in need of specialist technology advice, independent of IT vendors.
“Our vision is ‘a better world through technology’ and we feel that one of our most impactful contributions is providing our services to organisations that have the absolute need, but not necessarily the means,” McKinley said.
“If we can support their organisation’s mission through better use of technology, then we feel we are ‘gearing’ our impact and being true to our vision,” he said.