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Raspberry Pi offers £1m education charity fund

Will support a large range of projects
Thu Apr 03 2014, 15:02
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THE RASPBERRY PI FOUNDATION has a cool one million in cash lined up to fund projects that want to follow its altruistic lead.

Raspberry Pi Foundation CEO Lance Howarth announced the £1m fund on the foundation's blog on Thursday. Howarth said that funding will be made available to as many projects as possible in a wide range of areas.

The money is an extension of the foundation's work to support teaching children computing.

"We are all super-excited to announce the launch of the Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Fund. Thanks to the support of the community over the past two years through buying Raspberry Pis and building inspiring, innovative projects, we've been able to build up a bag of funds to spend on our education mission. So today we are announcing a £1 million education fund," said Howarth.

"This fund is in support of our core charitable mission, so we are looking to fund innovative and exciting projects that enhance understanding of and education in computing for children aged between 5 and 18. The fund does not exclusively target Computing as a subject; we are also interested in supporting projects that demonstrate and promote the use of computing technology in other subjects, particularly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the creative arts."

There are guidelines to follow, and on its information webpage the foundation said that successful applicants will have to demonstrate benefits to "children's understanding of computing" or show how computing benefits learning in other areas.

The foundation will use the money to match other investments and said that it will fund up to 50 percent of "total projected costs".

There will be two funding rounds this year, with the first beginning in May. Projects do not have to use Raspberry Pi technology, and the foundation asked that other companies and organisations join it in funding computing education projects.

"Our aim is to support a range of projects: from those that increase participation, to those that target excellence. Given our charitable status, priority will be given to organisations that have a not-for-profit ethos," said Howarth.

"The fund will operate through match funding, so not only are we wanting to hear from people with potential projects ideas; we are also wanting to hear from industry and third-sector partners who'd be interested in co-funding some of the projects." µ


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