The City of Seattle is requesting applications for the 2024 Digital Equity Grant.
Donor Name: City of Seattle
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $35,000
Grant Duration: 1 year
- Digital literacy classes and/or workshops: Provide digital literacy skills training to new technology users.
- Devices and technical support: Provide devices (for example: laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, desktop computers, smartphones, assistive technology) and the support needed to use them effectively.
- Internet connectivity: Provide internet to low-income residents by expanding WiFi or another means (for example: hotspots, routers, or WiFi access points).
- 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.
Technology Matching Fund projects may include a combination of the above digital equity categories. The primary focus of the project must be one of the following:
- digital literacy classes and/or workshops;
- devices and technical support; or
- internet connectivity.
Digital Navigator Grant projects provide digital navigator services. Grants will be awarded to organizations committed to partnering with the City to accomplish the following:
- Assist residents navigate and apply to city affordability programs
- Help improve City services through focus groups and reporting
- Assist inequitably impacted populations that are least likely to access City services, which may include providing language access
- $545,000 is available for digital equity grants.
- Each organization is eligible for a maximum of $35,000.
- 25% Community Match is required, based on the amount of the funding request. For example, if your organization is requesting the maximum grant amount of $35,000, the required match is $8750.
- Projects must be completed within one year.
- Infrastructure and Broadband
- Computers, laptops, tablets, mobile devices, and printers
- Assistive and adaptive devices
- Network routers, Wi-Fi access points, and repeaters
- Equipment to extend existing Wi-Fi outside of buildings
- Equipment to outfit a mobile Wi-Fi bus or van or other types of pop-up connectivity
- Indoor and outdoor free mobile internet solutions [for example, using public Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum].
- Internet service, including hotspots
- Software and online subscription services
- Multimedia production equipment (cameras, audio)
- STEM/Maker/robotic equipment
- Professional services, such as outside instructors, technical support or evaluators
- Staff costs to implement the project
- Intern costs to implement the project
- Non-profit organizations
- Neighborhood groups
- Parent-Teacher-Student Associations (PTSA)
- Business groups
- Community-based organizations.
- For-profit businesses
- Religious organizations
- Major institutions, government agencies, hospitals, universities, schools
- Political groups
- Organizations outside the City of Seattle.
For more information, visit City of Seattle.