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Technology Matching Fund Grant applications due by Monday, April 17

The City of Seattle’s annual digital equity grant application process is closing soon! Technology Matching Fund (TMF) grant applications are due by Monday, April 17. This year, $545,000 is available for TMF grants. A minimum of $90,000 will be allocated to digital navigator projects. Non-profits and community groups with projects aimed at closing the digital divide are encouraged to apply.

“This grant funding strengthens community digital equity programs and the technology infrastructure needed to bridge the digital divide for the most inequitably impacted residents,” said Meira Jough, Digital Equity Advisor. “The City and community organizations work together to provide wraparound support for residents so that they may fully participate in an online environment and navigate critical, essential resources.”

TMF grants will be awarded up to $45,000 depending on the projects. Projects will have to be completed within one year or less. To learn about the grants and how to apply, visit our Digital Equity page.

Not sure if it’s worth it to apply? Hear how previously funded projects helped residents!

Villa Comunitaria
“I think that everything that facilitators taught me is valuable. Something that I consider important to me was learning how to send and reply to an email. I learned to make an online appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine. I am very thankful because I have learned to look for resources on my own and not depend on somebody else. This program taught me that it is never too late and that I am incredibly lucky for having received these classes. I never thought I would have this opportunity, but I feel happy. I am 62 years old, and these classes have been a gift to me,” said Rosario, a 2021 program participant.

Senior Center of West Seattle
“I was nervous to get a new computer and uncertain how to transfer old computer data to new computer. Though everyone said it is easy, I was hesitant, and thought I would take advantage of the Center’s tech program. It made me feel so relieved to have help and I look forward to more time learning how to be a better computer user with their help,” said a West Seattle senior who participated in a 2021 technology session for older adults.

Path with Art
“Even before the pandemic, I was isolated with mobility and mental health issues. Path with Art provided a tablet with internet for me and even trained me to use it. I learned a lot about technology. Before their help, I had never even texted before. Now I have friends I’ve never even met in person and take both online choir and writing classes,” said a resident at Plymouth Housing Group senior housing facility.

El Centro de la Raza
“For me, it was a very informative course. It clarified many of my doubts, and my heart no longer trembles when working on the computer,” said Sara, a 2021 program graduate.