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How to Take Advantage of Stimulus Funds Available for Technology Purchases

Now is the time to take advantage of grant money that has been made available to you by the federal government through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)! But do you know how to access these funds and navigate the application process?

IVCi and TANDBERG can help you use stimulus funds from the ARRA for video conferencing, infrastructure, and audio visual purchases. We will identify the grants that are available in your state, assist in the application process, and provide a writer or work with your staff writers to create and submit a proposal.

We will help you access funds from the following grants:

E2T2: This grant is intended to enhance education through technologies such as room-based video conferencing systems and white boards.

There are $650 million ARRA funds available, which is two and a half times the size of the regular allocation of $267 million! Each state will be issuing its own competitive guidelines.

DOL: The Department of Labor provides funding for those who have lost jobs and need training. It is at the heart of the stimulus bill and its primary purpose is for training and education for untapped and displaced workers, allowing them to develop skills to obtain affordable wage jobs.

There is $750 million in discretionary grants for green initiatives and technology like video conferencing. $250 million will be made available to fund education and training activities that lead to skilled health care workers.

IDEA: Under the ARRA, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) funds are available to help ensure that children with disabilities get access to education that meets each child's unique needs. Eligible expenses are state-of-the art assistive technology and training and professional development.

For example, video conferencing can be used an assistive technology that aids in professional development and distance learning activities.

RUS: The Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service grant provides millions of dollars in funding for the education and health care needs of rural America, including hospitals and clinics, tribal organizations, non-profits, state and local government agencies, and health care content providers.

RUS grants can be used for eligible equipment such as interactive video conferencing, audio visual equipment, video conferencing infrastructure, critical network infrastructure, instructional programming, and training and technical support on eligible equipment.

ARRA funding for this grant will soon be available to provide broadband connectivity to rural communities to deliver distance learning or telemedicine services. It is best to understand your most critical bandwidth needs and begin to form the appropriate partnerships with education and broadband providers now.

Contact IVCi at or 1-800-224-7083 for more information about any of the ARRA grants or to get the application process started.

See TANDBERG Telepresence T3 working with third-party telepresence and other systems

See a real multi-point international telepresence call in high definition! This first of its kind instructional video shows TANDBERG's T3 connecting with other video conferencing systems and a Polycom RPX telepresence studio. You will see a demo of T3's touch panel, document sharing, and multimedia content.

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