Microsoft announced it is launching the Elevate America community initiative, a new grant program that will support nonprofit organizations offering employment services in local communities across the United States.

American_FlagMicrosoft announced it is launching the Elevate America community initiative, a new grant program that will support nonprofit organizations offering employment services, including technology skills training and job placement, in local communities across the United States.

To support this initiative, they are committing $4 million in cash, $6 million in software and technology skills training curriculum over the next two years.

Elevate America community initiative grants will be allocated through a request for proposal (RFP) process, where nonprofits can share their plans for partnering with Microsoft on creating successful, scalable programs that respond to the 21st century skills training and employment needs of people across the country.

The deadline for submissions is October 8, 2010 at 5pm Pacific Time with the successful projects being announced in January 2011.

Since 2003, Microsoft has been partnering with nonprofit organizations to support technology skills training in underserved communities across the United States, and those programs have reached more than 27 million people to date. Through the Elevate America community initiative, we will continue to seek partnerships with organizations that support underserved communities, with a special interest in those that focus on the needs of women and young workers (ages 18-25) who have greater barriers to employment and re-employment than the broader population.

This is the latest extension of Elevate America, which was launched in February 2009 to provide people across the United States with no cost and low cost access to the technology skills they need to find employment. Since the program’s launch we have worked with 32 states and the District of Columbia to distribute nearly 900,000 no cost Microsoft training and certification vouchers. In March 2010, we announced the Elevate America Veterans initiative, focused on helping U.S. veterans and their spouses to transition from military to civilian employment.

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Source: PNN Alert