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Gates Foundation offers $1 million for online public information provision

Gates Foundation offers $1 million for online public information provision

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering a $1 million award to a library or similar organisation outside the USA that has created new ways to offer online information to people in need. To be eligible, organisations must be working with disadvantaged communities.

The Access to Learning Award, part of the foundation’s Global Libraries initiative, ams to recognise libraries and similar organisations outside the United States that have created new ways to offer services such as free public access to computers and the Internet, technology training for library staff, outreach to underserved communities, or public training to assist users in accessing online information that can help improve their lives.

Applications must be submitted to the foundation by email by 31 October 2008. The application form is available only in English and must be completed in English to be eligible for consideration.

The award recipient will be announced in August 2009.

www.gatesfoundation.org/GlobalDevelopment/GlobalLibraries/AccessLearningAward/RelatedInfo/ATLAApplicationForm.htm

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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