Q: What will happen if my Azure grant is renewed before October 1st, 2023? Following October 1, 2023?
Prior to October 1, 2023, Azure grants will continue to be awarded at the current USD$3,500 sponsorship level. On or after October 1, 2023, all grant extensions will be made at the revised USD$2000 sponsorship level.
Q: Is there any additional effect of this credit modification to the Azure grant?
There are no other modifications to the current given Azure credits as a result of this update to the Azure grant – only the overall value of the Azure sponsorship credits is altered.
Q: Can the new AI services that Microsoft is introducing be funded by this Azure grant?
Yes, nonprofits can employ a variety of Azure AI (Artificial Intelligence) services funded by the Azure grant program. These services include, among others, Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning, and Azure Bot Service. The Azure grant can be used by eligible organizations to gain access to and make use of certain AI capabilities.
Q: How does the current Azure grant option stack up against those offered by Amazon Web Services?
AWS has an approach based on the organization’s annual operational budget. The current AWS credit limit is $1,000 for qualifying organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $10 million; those with an annual operating budget of between $10 million and $50 million would qualify for $2,000; and additional organizations that exceed an operational budget of $50 million can be eligible for credits of up to $5,000. All tiers have an administrative cost of up to $475 USD.
The Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofits program has been modified based on beneficiary usage trends, which implies that eligible nonprofit organizations can receive up to $2,000 in Azure services for free each year. Applying for the grant is free of charge.