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From: ATLA [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2012 10:27 PM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Request for assistance in distributing award opportunity for public
libraries and similar organizations
I would like to inform you that applications are currently being solicited
for the 2013 ATLA, which recognizes innovative public libraries and similar
organizations outside of the US that are providing free public access to
computers and the Internet. I was hoping I could ask your assistance in
disseminating information about the award, as I thought many of your
colleagues might be interested in this opportunity.
As you may already know, the ATLA recognizes the innovative efforts of
public libraries and similar institutions outside the United States to
connect people to information and opportunities through free access to
computers and the Internet. The award is given by Global Libraries, an
initiative of the foundation's Global Development Program. The recipient of
the Access to Learning Award will receive $1 million (U.S.).
I have attached an electronic brochure in English and you can find a brief
write up below if you would like additional information. If you prefer, I
can send hard copy and/or electronic brochures in French, Spanish, Chinese,
Arabic, and Russian. Interested parties may also visit the foundation's
website at www.gatesfoundation.org/ATLA for more information. Any assistance
you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank
you again for your continued support of the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation's Access to Learning Award.
ATLA Administrator on assignment for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently accepting applications to
its 2013 Access to Learning Award (ATLA), which recognizes the innovative
efforts of public libraries and similar institutions outside the United
States to connect people to information and opportunities through free
access to computers and the Internet. The award is given by Global
Libraries, an initiative of the foundation's Global Development Program. The
recipient of the Access to Learning Award will receive $1 million (U.S.).
Applications for the 2013 ATLA must be submitted via an online submission
process*, which may be accessed the website: www.gatesfoundation.org/ATLA.
The application form is available only in English and must be completed in
English to be eligible for consideration. However, while applications must
be submitted in English, the foundation does offer informational brochures
in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
*Please note: The system will be open for submissions by July 31, 2012. In
the meantime, we encourage interested parties to review the program
guidelines and to begin filling out the application, downloadable as a Word
document from the foundation's website.
Background about the Access to Learning Award:
Computers and the Internet are powerful tools that provide opportunities for
people to improve their social and economic well-being. Worldwide, just one
person in six has access to the Internet. This means that more than five
billion people miss out on chances to pursue education and employment,
access government services, learn about valuable health information, conduct
business online, and exchange information and ideas. The Access to Learning
Award encourages new, innovative ways to provide computer and Internet
services to people without access, and promotes greater development of
public access technology programs around the world.
The Access to Learning Award honors innovative organizations that are
opening a world of online information to people in need. The foundation's
Global Libraries initiative invites applications from libraries and similar
organizations outside the United States that have created new ways to offer
these key services:
. Free public access to computers and the Internet.
. Public training to assist users in accessing online information that
can help improve their lives.
. Technology training for library staff.
. Outreach to underserved communities.
-To be eligible, the applying institution must allow all members of the
public to use computers and the Internet free of charge in a community
-No U.S. organizations are eligible to apply. That includes U.S.
organizations that operate in locations outside of the U.S. If a U.S.
organization works through a local organization outside of the U.S., the
local organization would be encouraged to apply.
-Organizations that are current or former grantees of the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation (including Global Health grantees) are not eligible to
-Only ONE (1) organization may apply per application. The Foundation does
not accept joint applications for the ATLA program.
-If the applicant organization operates multiple computer centers/access
points, ALL access points must currently provide free public access to
computers and the Internet. The foundation will not accept applications from
organizations who charge fees at some, but not all, of their centers/access
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the
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