AT&T Announces 2007 AT&T Excelerator Grant Program

$9 Million Program Pledges to Build Stronger Communities by Providing Technology Access and Tools to Nonprofit Organizations in Ohio

Columbus, Ohio, March 16, 2007

The AT&T Foundation — the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) — today launched the 2007 AT&T Excelerator competitive technology grant program. In its sixth year, AT&T Excelerator will provide $9 million to regional and local nonprofit organizations in Ohio and 21 other states, for projects that use technology to build stronger communities.

"Since 2002, AT&T has provided grants to nonprofits in Ohio for technology tools that dramatically impact lives," said Connie Browning, president of AT&T Ohio. "AT&T is committed to improving these vital organizations' operations and resources that, in turn, benefit everyone in our community."

Since its inception in 2002, the AT&T Excelerator program has awarded more than 2,500 technology grants, totaling more than $47.8 million, to a diverse range of nonprofits. These grants help organizations meet their overall goals by improving technology resources, including hardware, software and networking tools.

In Ohio, $508,320 in AT&T Excelerator grants were distributed to more than 30 organizations in 2006.

For 2007, the AT&T Excelerator grant program will be open to nonprofit organizations located in the following states:

Mississippi Indiana
CaliforniaSouth Carolina
North CarolinaLouisiana

The 2007 AT&T Excelerator grant program will award individual grants that range from $2,500 to $25,000 and that are one year in length. Collaborations by two or more organizations will be considered for grants of up to $50,000 for one year.

AT&T Excelerator grants help nonprofit organizations improve their operations and build stronger communities through:

  • Internet Access. Networked, high speed access to the Internet and e-mail.
  • Data Networking. Network connectivity enabling easy sharing of database applications and information systems.
  • Online Outreach. Interactive, Web-based applications that support activities such as service delivery, volunteer recruiting and e-fundraising.
  • Staff Technology Capacity. Technology-training programs for nonprofit staff members.
  • Pooled Technology Resources. Programs that work to address the technology needs of multiple nonprofits.

To qualify for an AT&T Excelerator grant, an organization must emphasize education, community development, health and human services, or arts and culture. Grant funds may be used for data communications services, hardware, software, technology training, and personnel and application development. Additionally, no fewer than 50 percent of project grant funds must be used to target underserved populations, including racial and ethnic groups, low-income populations, seniors or disabled people.

Interested organizations can apply for this year's grant by downloading a copy of the 2007 request for proposals (RFP) from All proposals must be received no later than May 4, 2007. Additional guidelines and restrictions are listed in the 2007 AT&T Excelerator application.

The AT&T Excelerator program is a key component of AT&T AccessAll, a $100 million philanthropic initiative to provide technology access to the organizations that work to strengthen underserved communities. Helping nonprofits integrate technology into their operations and community outreach, AT&T Excelerator grants also place technology tools in the hands of the underserved populations they work with, providing resources such as Internet access, computer training, math and reading programs, and job-skills development.

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About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. supports programs that strengthen communities; improve access to information technology and technology training; advance education; and enhance professional-skills development. In 2006, AT&T contributed more than $101 million through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T AccessAll, the company's signature philanthropic initiative, is a $100 million program that connects families and communities with technology that can improve lives. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T, combine more than $1.8 billion of historic charitable commitment to communities across the country.

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