funding & Purchasing resources

Know a good purchasing or funding resource? Share it here.

Funding Resources

California Teleconnect Fund

The CTF program provides a 50% discount on select communications services to schools, libraries, hospitals and other non-profit organizations.


The universal service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as the E-rate Program, helps ensure that schools and libraries can obtain telecommunications and Internet access at affordable rates.

Purchasing Resources

Low cost internet for students lists offers for home internet service (usually around $10/month). Students who receive free and reduced price lunch may qualify for Comcast Internet Essentials.

Tech Soup

TechSoup is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit connecting your nonprofit, charity, foundation, or public library with technology products and services. offers a array of DIY Chromebook parts for virtually every make and model. As a Diocese of Oakland school you have a 10% discount with more discounts available for volume purchases. Moreover, each of our school has been pre-granted permission (no credit check needed) to use purchase orders. More info can be found in the welcome letter.

Apple Volume Purchasing Plan

The VPP program provides a 50% discount on iOS and Mac apps for quantities of 20 or more.


CDWG is our Meraki vendor and sells other hardware and software products. Discounts are available for DCS schools. Our CDWG rep is Erin Pauly • Voice: 312.547.2989 • Email:


Meraki is a division of Cisco. They sell and support a specific line of cloud-based networking products. We have a purchasing relationship via CDWG with Meraki that offers us very deep discounts on both the hardware and software licensing.