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AT&T Announces $1.5 MM Wireless Grant

The AT&T Foundation has launched a $1.5 million competitive grant program aimed at integrating wireless communications technologies into educational outreach programs. The 2007 AT&T Foundation Wireless Competitive Grant Program is open to public charities and "government instrumentalities" in the United States, excluding Alaska.

The grant will award software and equipment valued at $2,500 to $25,000 for programs that "utilize wireless technology to enhance the delivery of education and other settings that engage youth and adults in life-long learning." Fifty-one percent of proposed projects must reach traditionally underserved groups in the organization's community, including racial and ethnic groups, low-income populations, seniors, youth, and people with disabilities, according to the AT&T Foundation.

Samples of projects to be considered for grants, as cited by AT&T, include the creation of wireless hotspots to make educational material accessible; development of educational curricula that can be accessed via mobile devices; delivery of supplemental educational materials via text messaging; and development of community education podcasts.

Proposals are due Oct. 19. Further information, including a downloadable RFP, can be found at the link below.

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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