Hardware Grants

Is your nonprofit in need of technology to help meet your mission?

Free Geek’s Hardware Grants program connects qualifying nonprofits with free and low-cost refurbished technology. Since 2000, we have granted out more than 10,500 PCs and other technology items through this program.

Eligibility Criteria

Please read this page thoroughly to determine if our Hardware Grants program can appropriately serve your organization’s needs.

  • Must be a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, or under fiscal sponsorship of a nonprofit or government-affiliated agency.
  • Must dispose of the hardware in an environmentally responsible manner when it has reached the end of its lifecycle.
  • Applicants requesting laptops must be located within the Portland metro area.
  • Must be able to pick up the hardware in person from Free Geek’s office in Portland, Oregon. Grants are provided unboxed. We do not ship technology to grantees. Please note that shipping your granted technology voids the tech support warranty.
  • We ask that grant recipients cultivate a positive relationship with Free Geek, including posting about grants received on your newsletters and social media, to help raise awareness about our program.
  • Eligible organizations may not submit multiple applications within a grants cycle.
  • Eligible organizations must wait 90 days after the fulfillment of a grant to reapply.

Who is not eligible?

  • Individuals are not eligible for grants. Please review our volunteer opportunities for earning a desktop computer.We rarely make grants to international organizations. This is due to difficulty in verifying the organization’s status and responsible recycling when the equipment becomes obsolete. Check out the World Computer Exchange for international alternatives.

What We Grant

Free Geek makes in-kind grants of refurbished electronic equipment. The computer hardware that we grant is used and come to us via donations made by individuals and organizations in our community. It is then tested and built by our staff and volunteers.

We primarily grant complete PC computers which come installed with Linux Mint as an operating system. These systems are excellent for typical office tasks, such as word processing and browsing the web.

Desktop PCs

  • i3 processor between 2.4 and 3.2GHz speed or faster
  • 4 GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 80 to 250 GB hard drive
  • 64-bit system
  • DVD R/W optical drive
  • On-board video
  • On-board Ethernet (not wireless)
  • Limited upgrades are available for a fee
  • Operating system: Linux Mint (free)
  • All desktop PCs come with a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and power cables.

Laptop PCs

  • 2006 or newer Core 2 duo processor, clocked at 1.6ghz or better
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 80GB or larger hard drive
  • Optical (CD or DVD) drive
  • Wireless networking ability
  • 30 minutes of battery life, using our in house testing method (equivalent to 15 minutes of run time at max CPU load)
  • Limited upgrades are available for a fee
  • Operating system: Linux Mint (free)

iMacs (Mac desktops)

  • 2008 or newer Core 2 duo processor, clocked at 2ghz or better
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 160GB HARD Drive
  • Optical (CD or DVD) Drive
  • Wireless networking ability
  • Mac OS 10.11 installed (not compatible with most current version of Mac OS)
  • 17-inch screen or bigger
  • Built-in webcam
  • All iMacs come with a keyboard, mouse, and power cable

Printer

Grant recipients can request up to 1 black-and-white LaserJet printer per application period.

All photos are representative and may not reflect exact models.

Technical Support

Granted computers come with a one-year warranty for technical support at our location in Portland, Oregon, provided there have been no major hardware or software changes to the systems.

  • For Macs, tech support covers hardware. It does not cover software.
  • Shipping your granted technology voids the tech support warranty.

Please note:

  • We can often provide grants of other hardware (such as printers, scanners, etc) if available. Special requests are reviewed on a monthly basis. Please be specific in your application about the type and number of items you need.
  • The quantity of technology available per grant cycle changes seasonally in relation to our supply.
  • We are limited in our ability to grant non-functioning or untested equipment. Please feel free to apply and specify your exact needs. We will work with you to determine eligibility.

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Have you thoroughly read this page, and found that you’re eligible for a grant?

Continue on to the hardware grant application.

Application Deadlines

Applications for our standard granted items are reviewed on a rolling basis.

We can often provide grants of other hardware, if available, and special requests are reviewed monthly. Please apply by the last Wednesday of the month to be considered in the next month’s review cycle.