Part 1: Eligibilty

To qualify for the Technology Innovation Awards, your organization must meet all five of the following requirements: 

  1. My organization is a 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 charitable organization (as defined by the Internal Revenue Services), other than: churches or organizations whose primary mission is to promote a religion; private schools, colleges or universities; nonprofit hospitals or cooperative hospital service organizations; and governmental units. 
  2. My organization can demonstrate fiscal responsibility, which is defined by adherence to general accounting standards. 
  3. My organization is inclusive and embraces diversity; does not discriminate in service delivery and employment on any basis including ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion. 
  4. At a minimum, my organization has an annual operating budget of at least $500,000. 
  5. My organization is able to send a representative to the Tech Forward Conference in Nashville this September if voted the winner of one of the categories to accept the award. ($1,000 travel stipend included in prize.) 

Part 2: Organizational Information

  1. Organization Name 
  2. EIN # 
  3. Website URL 
  4. Organization Address 
  5. Primary Contact (First & Last Name, Job Title, Phone Number, Email) 
  6. Annual Budget 

Part 3: Organizational Background 

  1. Mission 
  2. Services offered by your nonprofit. 
  3. Describe  your key constituents. 
  4. Any additional, relevant background. 

Part 4: Describe Your Technology Project 

 Your application must describe an innovative (defined as a new idea, method, or process to get something done) project, using technology that will improve your efforts to specifically benefit your community. 

As you craft your description, ask yourself: What is the situation that needs to be improved and how can you leverage technology in some new way (for your organization) to address that challenge? To support your case, consider these questions: Why do you think this project will work? What do you know from data or previous projects that supports that? Have you researched to see if other nonprofits are doing something similar with success, or if they could use a solution comparable to the one you are proposing? Is this idea measurable and sustainable once implemented? Are you thinking of a pilot first, or a phased, scalable project?

Please provide a short, draft budget for your proposed technology project. We won’t hold you to the exact details, which can be updated later as necessary, but we want to get a sense of your planning process, timing, and allocations. If you are planning this as a pilot or as seed money to leverage with other funders, please make that clear.

Part 5: What Results and Impact Do You Expect? 

Your answers to questions in this section will help us further understand how this proposed project would benefit the work you are doing in the community. Each question is weighted, as noted, and key to the judging process. Please include quantatative examples whenever possible. 

  1. Program/Interal Impact 
  2. Service/External Impact 
  3. Application of Technology 

Good Luck! We cannot wait to learn about your innovative ideas! 


This application closes Friday, August 4th 2017.