Hardware Grants

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


The Hardware Grants Program connects qualifying nonprofits with refurbished technology. Since our inception in February 2000, we have granted out more than 10,500 PCs and other technology items through this program. Read on for more details.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a 501c(3) non-profit organization, under fiscal sponsorship of a non-profit, or a government-affiliated agency
  • Must dispose of the hardware in an environmentally responsible manner when it has reached the end of its lifecycle.
  • Must not currently be in our grants queue and waiting for a hardware grant from Free Geek.
  • Must not have received granted hardware from Free Geek in the past 90 days.
  • 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. We do not ship technology to grantees. Please note that shipping your granted technology voids the tech support warranty.
  • Individuals are not eligible for grants. Please review our volunteer opportunities for earning a desktop.
  • We rarely make grants to international organizations 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.
  • 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.

What We Grant

Free Geek makes in-kind grants of refurbished electronic equipment. We primarily grant complete PC systems 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. All systems come with monitor, mouse, keyboard, and power cables. We can often provide grants of other hardware, please be specific about the type and number of items you need.

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. Most granted hardware comes with a one-year warranty for technical support, provided there have been no major hardware or software changes to the system.

Please note:

  • 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.


Have you thoroughly read this page, and found that you’re eligible for a grant? Continue on to the hardware grant application.