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.