The SBC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SBC Communications Inc., has made available $9 million to national and local nonprofit organizations for projects that use technology to build stronger communities. To qualify for an SBC Excelerator grant, an organization’s major focus and project must emphasize education, community development, health and human services, or arts and culture. Grant funds may be used for data communications services, hardware, software, technology training, personnel, and application development. Grants will range from $2,500 to $25,000 and are one year in length. Through the SBC Excelerator program, the foundation has committed a total of $28 million to connect the nation’s neediest residents–including at-risk youth and underserved urban families–to important community resources, such as internet access, computer training, math and reading classes, and job skills programs.