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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging Wyoming organizations to apply for grants available to help technologically underserved communities.

This year Wyoming is eligible for $70,000 in grants to community organizations, $70,000 in grants to local schools and $10,000 in grants to individuals from the Beaumont Foundation. The foundation provides state-of-the-art, Internet-enabled, wireless computer hardware to Americans who do not have access to the educational benefits of the Internet, and collaborates with existing organizations to provide the technical support to utilize it.

"Considering the rural and sometimes geographically isolated nature of some of our communities, advances in technology are a tremendous asset," Enzi said. "In this day and age when computers are so heavily relied on, these grants could provide a great opportunity for Wyoming."

The deadline for submitting applications is March 31. Those eligible for funding are qualified non-profits, faith-based and community organizations, libraries, schools and individuals in need. The Beaumont Foundation was established by funds generated by a $2.1 billion class action lawsuit against Toshiba. The unclaimed funds from the lawsuit, totaling $350 million, are being used to provide state-of-the-art Toshiba hardware to organizations and individuals in need.

For more information please visit the foundation's website (, or call 1-866-505-2667 or TTY 1-800-459-0311.