Pitt Technology Group is partnering with Community Foundation of the Ozarks to spearhead grants to provide technology upgrades to nonprofits with increased needs related to COVID-19 relief work.
The first of two grants, the COVID-19 Agency Technology Assistance Grant”, provides applicants with equipment and infrastructure that is seen as essential for the nonprofit’s stated mission.
Pitt Technology Group will be providing up to $150,000 in services and equipment for both wired and wireless technology infrastructure, audio and video equipment for video conferencing, and custom software development.
The grant program is made possible in part by the federal Paycheck Protection Program, allowing up to 2,500 staff hours from Pitt Technology Group to be used for the grant.
“While most of PTG’s staff is busy remotely supporting client needs during this time, the employees who primarily install equipment have capacity because those projects have slowed,” Kevin Waterland, owner and general manager, said in a statement. “We’re lucky to be deemed essential and I feel we owe it to our community to use this downtime to give back.”
The second grant, which participants are hoping will be more long term, is the COVID-19 Client Technology Access Grant.
The grant will set up large Wi-Fi zones in the parking areas of business partners. The goal is to provide wireless internet access to residents who do not have internet at home.
The grant is a partnership between PTG, CFO and WON Communications. WON will provide staff support, supplies and resources for the grantees, with CFO picking up associated expenses.
The two grants will have grantees selected weekly until all the labor availability and grant funds have been spent.