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Applications to be accepted soon for 2024 digital equity grants; next funding round opens Mon. Sept. 18

Grant funding for organizations passionate about closing the digital divide in their community are eligible for one of the City’s digital equity grants. The next grant cycle opens Monday, September 18 at noon.

Interested parties can learn more about the process tomorrow night at a virtual meeting at the City’s Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB), Tuesday, September 12, 6 p.m. More information sessions will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

The 2024 digital equity grants will provide funds of up to $35,000 to qualifying non-profit organizations and community groups in Seattle for digital equity projects. A total of $545,000 is available for the Technology Matching Fund (TMF) and Digital Navigator Grant. City dollars are matched by the community’s contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services, or cash. Community match requirement is 25% of funding request.

Projects should aim to increase internet access and adoption by providing:

  • Digital navigator services: Provide one-on-one or small group, just-in-time assistance in person, virtually, via phone/text/email to help residents (1) use their devices (computers, laptops, and smartphones), (2) connect to the internet, and (3) sign up for low-cost internet plans.
  • Digital literacy classes/workshops: Provide digital literacy skills training to new technology users.
  • Devices and technical support: Provide devices and the support needed to use them effectively (for example: laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, desktop computers, smartphones, assistive technology)
  • Internet connectivity: Provide internet to low-income residents by expanding Wi-Fi or another means (for example: hotspots, routers, or Wi-Fi access points)

The digital equity grant program, including the Technology Matching Fund and the Digital Navigator Grant, are part of the Seattle Information Department (Seattle IT). Seattle IT is a trusted partner that provides secure, reliable, and compliant technologies enabling the City to deliver equitable and responsive services to the public.

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