Microsoft is a funder and Technology Advisory Council member of Connect Chicago. Microsoft’s in-kind donations, free online tools and community training engagements make them a valuable part of Chicago’s digital inclusion ecosystem.


Structure & Operations

Microsoft has existing resources useful to Chicago residents, families, small businesses and non-profits. These resources are often free and can be of use to those who are both computer savvy or simply aspiring to incorporate more technology into their lives.

  • Through the Community Connections Program, Microsoft and their local partners offer free training events to small businesses and organizations who support them. These training sessions can be about everything from security to collaboration on the cloud.
  • See Microsoft’s free Digital Literacy Curriculum which comes in three tiers: basic, standard and advanced.
  • Qualifying nonprofits can get Office 365 for free or at a discount.
  • BizSpark is a free resource for tech startups less than 5 years old and earning less than $1 million annually. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.
  • Small businesses can get a pass to try Microsoft’s Azure cloud service. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.
  • On a limited basis, Microsoft offers organizations Surface Pro 3 loans for several months at a time. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

For more information, read the Microsoft TCE Civic Engagement Resource Playbook.