IBM offers technology grants

IBM (NYSE: IBM) is kicking off an USD18 million grant program to put no-cost cloud hosting, customizable software, and consulting services into the hands of not-for-profit social service agencies that qualify.

Called IBM SafetyNet, the software can help not-for-profits — such as those that provide services related to behavioral health, child welfare, after school recreation, job training and senior citizen needs — evaluate and document the success of their programs more effectively.

The record keeping and analysis that can be performed with IBM SafetyNet can improve budgetary accountability, lead decision makers to design better programs, and enable staff to spend more time helping clients instead of performing paperwork. Data analysis offered by the software also enables social service providers to pinpoint and address gaps in their client service.

IBM will evaluate a variety of criteria when choosing grant recipients. Evaluation criteria include demonstrated commitment; staff that can help manage the technology´s deployment; and ability and willingness to analyze data.

With a value of approximately USD300,000 for each installation, IBM is prepared to make 12 grants annually over five years for a total market value of at least USD18 million.