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Organizational Hardware Grants

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

Free Geek’s Organizational Hardware Grants program connects qualifying nonprofits with free and low-cost refurbished technology for organizational use. We serve over 150 different organizations every year. 

Due to COVID-19 Free Geek has reduced capacity to fulfill organizational hardware grants. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

 

Meet all recipient requirements?

Are you eligible?

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

  • Must be a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, under fiscal sponsorship of a nonprofit, or a public entity. 
  • Must be located in Oregon and Washington.
  • Please note that laptops are only available to eligible organizations in Oregon and Clark County, WA. 
  • Pickup at Free Geek's location in Portland, OR is required.
  • Must comply with Free Geek anti-discrimination policy.
  • Must dispose of the hardware in an environmentally responsible manner when it has reached the end of its lifecycle.
  • 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 6 months after the fulfillment of a grant to reapply.

 

Who is not eligible?

  • Individuals
  • International organizations
    • 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 or TechSoup for international alternatives.
  • We do not make grants to 501(c)4, 501(c)5, 501(c)6 or 501(c)7 organizations.

What do we grant?

Desktop

Tower Desktop PCs

  • i3 processor between 2.4 and 3.2GHz speed or faster
  • 4 GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 250GB or larger hard drive
  • 64-bit system
  • DVD R/W optical drive
  • On-board video
  • Onboard Ethernet (WiFi capability unavailable) - wireless adapters may be purchased separately
  • Monitor, mouse, keyboard, power cables provided

Operating system:

 

Mac

iMacs 7,1 - 9,1 (Mac all-in-one desktops from 2007-2009)

Specification varies depending on availability

  • 2.0-2.66 gHz or greater Core 2 duo CPU
  • 4 GB DDR2 or DDR3 RAM
  • 250GB HARD Drive
  • Optical (CD or DVD) Drive
  • Wireless networking (WiFi) ability
  • 20-inch screen or bigger
  • Built-in webcam
  • Keyboard, mouse, power cable provided

Operating System

  • macOS 10.11 installed (not compatible with most recent versions of macOS)

 

Desktop

All-in-one Desktop PCs

  • i3 processor (2nd gen) or newer
  • 4 GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 250GB or larger hard drive
  • 64-bit system
  • On-board video
  • Onboard Ethernet (WiFi capability may be unavailable)
  • DVD R/W optical drive depending on inventory
  • Monitor, mouse, keyboard, power cables provided

Operating system:

Is Windows operating system currently available?

Due to changes in Microsoft's Registered Refurbisher program, Free Geek is currently unable to grant computer with the Windows operating system installed. All PCs are being granted with the free operating system Linux Mint installed. Linux Mint can be used for typical office tasks, such as word processing and browsing the web, but will not run software specific to Windows. 

What about tech support?

Granted computers come with a one-year warranty and access to technical support at our location in Portland, Oregon. Exceptions: 

  • Free Geek provides technical support for Linux hardware and software.
  • For Macs installed, tech support covers hardware. It does not cover software.
  • Shipping your granted technology voids the tech support warranty.

View full warranty and policy

Are there application deadlines?

There may be delays in processing hardware grants due to COVID-19. We appreciate your patience.

Applications for our standard granted items are reviewed on a rolling basis. You can expect to hear back from us on your application status within 3-4 weeks. For time-sensitive grants, please apply at least 4 months in advance to allow time for processing your application and fulfilling your grant. We cannot guarantee that grants will be fulfilled by a requested date.

Download the full application

Need a full preview? Download the full hardware grants application. Note: You must apply online. Paper applications are not accepted.