Setup platform instance on Azure subscription for Nonprofits

If you are a non-profit organization, you can apply for Azure credit grant of $3500 per year which can be used to setup and run an instance of Microsoft Community Training platform for your organization.

In this article, you will learn how to avail Azure credit grant of $3500 per year for non-profits and create a pay-as-you-go subscription to get started with the deployment of Microsoft Community Training platform.

Eligibility Criteria

Microsoft offers discounted and donated industry-leading solutions for nonprofits. Nonprofit or non-governmental organizations with recognized legal status in their respective country/region (equal to 501(c)(3) status under the United States Internal Revenue Code) can register for Microsoft non-profits.

For more details on nonprofit organization eligibility requirements, visit this document.

Step 1 - Register for Microsoft nonprofit grant

In case, you are already registered for Microsoft grant for non-profit then skip this step.

  1. Visit the Microsoft for Nonprofits registration portal and click on the Register button . Register button

  2. On the next page, click on Continue and start filling up your organization details for verification purpose. Continue

  3. Next, provide your organization details to create your account with Microsoft as shown in the screenshot below. Account with Microsoft


    In case, your organization is awarded Microsoft nonprofit grant then the activation email is sent to the business email account mentioned in this step.)

  4. Next, create username and password to sign in to your account for activation purpose. You will be also be asked to provide a organization (aka tenant) name for the your organization.For e.g. organization name


    Going forward, this account credentials will be used to sign in to the Microsoft nonprofit portal and access the grants and discounts information.

  5. Finish the registration process by selecting Create my account button

For more information on nonprofit grant and registration, please visit the Microsoft Nonprofits FAQs.

Step 2 - Activate the Microsoft nonprofit grant

  1. After submission, you will receive an activation email on your business email account entered at step 3 during the registration process as shown below. step 3


    If grant is approved , the email will include a link to the Microsoft Nonprofit portal to access discounts and offers.

  2. Click on the Nonprofit Portal link or Activate button to initiate the activation process Activate button

  3. Sign in to the portal using <username>.<yourcompany> created earlier during the registration process (in Step 4)

  4. After login, you will see all the eligible offers for your organization Eligible offers

  5. Select Azure credits from the list of offers to claim the $3500 azure credits for your organization Azure credits

  6. To confirm Azure credits redemption for your organization, please visit Microsoft Azure Sponsorship site to check your balance. Microsoft Azure Sponsorship


In case you don't receive an activation email then follow the below steps:

  1. Go to Microsoft for Nonprofits portal.

  2. Sign in to the portal using <username>.<yourcompany>

  3. Select Azure credits option from the eligibility offers

  4. Select Activate button that is available

  5. ‘Claimed’ confirmation must be displayed with start and end dates

Step 3 - Add payment information for your Azure subscription

For deploying the Microsoft Community Training platform, you will need to add payment information to your Microsoft Azure sponsored subscription. Follow the steps mentioned in this section:

  1. Open new tab window in the browser and go to Microsoft Azure Sponsorship Offer

  2. Sign in to the portal using <username>.<yourcompany> created earlier during the registration process (in Step 4)

  3. Complete the About you and Payment information asked in the next page Payment information

  4. Once the subscription is created, you can start deploying the Microsoft Community Training platform on this subscription. See detailed steps here.


Adding payment details for your Azure subscription is mandatory to setup and install Microsoft Community Training platform. Once the Azure Sponsorship grant is consumed (i.e. $3500 of Azure service are billed), payment will be processed from the Credit or Debit card details provided.

Step 4 - Confirm platform is deployed on Microsoft sponsored Azure subscription

  1. Go to Microsoft Azure Sponsorship site and Sign in to the portal using <username>.<yourcompany>

  2. Note the Subscription ID displayed on the right top of the web page

  3. Next, go to Azure portal and select Subscriptions where Microsoft Community Training platform is deployed

  4. Ensure subscription ID at the sponsorship site (i.e. step 2) and Azure portal are same

  5. In case, subscription IDs are different then raise a support ticket to convert the existing subscription into Azure sponsored subscription as shown below:

  • Click on the Help + Support option at the bottom-left on the navigation panel
  • Raise a ticket and provide details of both the subscriptions Subscriptions