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Microsoft Announces Program to Help Veterans Get Back to Work

By Bill Lindner     May 8, 2010 in Technology
Microsoft has announced its Elevate America Veterans Initiative designed to focus on giving U.S. veterans and their spouses technological skills and support resources necessary to be successful in today's civilian work force
Microsoft is doing its part to help U.S. veterans get back to work by awarding cash and software to support programs for veterans.
The Elevate America Veterans Initiative was recently announced by Microsoft. The initiative invites organizations to submit proposals for the program that focuses on giving veterans and their spouses technological skills and support resources needed to be successful in today's civilian work force.
Microsoft will award cash, software and IT skills training curriculum to eligible veterans service organizations, work-force agencies and other nonprofit organizations and their partners that are providing veterans and their spouses with the support they need to successfully transition to civilian careers through a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process.
Support provided to veterans and their spouses by these organizations may include technology skills training, job placement, career counseling and other support services such as childcare, transportation and housing.
Two Phases to Elevate America Veterans Initiative
The deadline for applying to this initiative is June 30, 2010. Successful applicants will be announced in August.
There are two phases to Microsoft's Elevate America Veterans Initiative which will provide $2 million in cash and up to $6 million in software and other resources over the next two years to provide veterans and their spouses with the necessary skills and resources. The RFP is the first phase.
A second round of the RFP process in 2011 provides opportunities for successful grantees to deepen their efforts based on results from the first phase and to scale projects that have demonstrated effectiveness.
In March, Microsoft announced the Elevate America Veterans Initiative as an extension of its Elevate America program, which has provided more than 600,000 vouchers for free technology training in 17 states and will be adopted in more states in the coming weeks.
Applicants May Request Cash, Software and IT Skills Training
Since the announcement of the Elevate America Veterans Initiative, Microsoft has convened organizations serving veterans to serve on an advisory committee for the Veterans Initiative over the next couple of years to help with guiding the process.
Organizations serving on the advisory committee include The American Legion, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Paralyzed Veterans of America, United Service Organizations (USO), and Wounded Warrior Project.
Applicants may request between $100,000 to $200,000 cash, not to exceed 50 percent of the total program budget, along with software and IT skills training curriculum.
Successful applications for Microsoft's program will include collaborative partnerships between two or more organizations in the nonprofit, work-force development, labor, and education sectors. The RFP and more information on help for veterans can be found at Microsoft's website.
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