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Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Neighborhood and Business Groups, and CBOs in Eligible Areas to Increase Access to Technology

2022 Digital Equity Grants

City of Seattle Information Technology (Seattle IT)

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #151921

Grant Description

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Grants to Washington nonprofit and community-based organizations, and neighborhood and business groups in eligible regions to increase internet and technology access and enhance digital literacy for local residents. Funds may be requested for projects promoting digital equity and to support the provision of digital navigator services. Eligible applicants are located in Seattle.

Digital Navigator Cohort Grant 

Digital Navigator Cohort Grants provide funds to qualifying non-profit organizations in Seattle.  Grant recipients will participate in a cohort delivery-model with fellow grantees to offer coordinated digital navigator services citywide. The goal for this funding is to increase internet access and adoption by funding organizations to provide one-on-one or small group, just-in-time assistance via phone service, email, text, video chat, and other communication methods. Digital navigators will provide on-demand services in the following areas:

  • Accessing and using devices and the internet
  • Assisting with basic digital navigation
  • Troubleshooting technology issues  

Participation in this cohort requires attendance at digital navigator training sessions and monthly cohort meetings. The City will provide outreach and community engagement support in order to promote digital navigator services. 

Funding for connectivity and devices can be included in proposals if in conjunction with digital navigator assistance. Services will also connect residents with City, other government, and community resources.

Technology Matching Fund 

The Technology Matching Fund provides funds to qualifying non-profit organizations in Seattle for digital equity projects. City dollars are matched by the community's contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services, or cash.  Projects should aim to increase internet access and adoption through:

  • Skills training by empowering residents through digital literacy skills training and support.
  • Devices and technical support by ensuring affordable, available and sufficient devices and the support needed to use them effectively.
  • Connectivity by providing internet to low-income residents by expanding wi-fi or another means, and/or assisting with low-cost internet option awareness and enrollment support

Proposals may include one area of service listed above or a combination of skills, devices and connectivity. Connectivity projects may include:

  • 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].   
  • Portable internet hotspots 

Internet for All

These funds are a key part of the City's Internet for All framework.  The lack of access to internet-accessible devices and technical skills play a significant role in why some residents remain unconnected. Partnering with organizations that support communities in a holistic way is essential for reaching diverse populations that need digital support. 

For a list of allowed expenses, see:

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who should apply:
- Non-profit organizations
- Neighborhood groups
- Parent-Teacher-Student Associations (PTSA)
- Business groups
- Community-based organizations

Who is not eligible to apply:
- Individuals
- For-profit businesses
- Religious organizations
- Major institutions, government agencies, hospitals, universities, schools
- Political groups
- Organizations outside the City of Seattle

Digital Navigator Cohort Grant: Digital navigator services, as defined by this grant, do not include digital literacy skills classes, workshop, and tutoring.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Virtual Workshops

Information Session 1: March 23, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Webex Meeting Link:
Join in by phone +1 (206) 207-1700 +1 (408) 418-9388
Access code: 249 216 71368
Password: 97446867 (from phones)

Information Session 2: April 19, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Webex Meeting link:
Join by phone +1 (206) 207-1700. +1 (408) 418-9388
Access code: 249 687 82374
Password: 82792283 (from phones)

Office Hours
- Wednesdays, 12pm - 1pm, April 6 - May 11

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are encouraged to apply for either the Technology Matching Fund or Digital Navigator Cohort Grant.

- Applications Accepted: March 14, 2022
- Preliminary Applications Review: Ongoing
- Application Deadline: May 13, 2022 by 12:00 p.m.
- Award Notification: June 2022
- Projects Begin: July 2022

Technology Matching Fund: applicants must match at least 25% of their funding request. City dollars are matched by the community's contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services, or cash.

You must complete all the application sections and submit your application online.

View the information session recording:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Digital Navigator Cohort Grants are grants of up to $50,000. The Technology Matching Fund provides funds of up to $25,000.

Digital Navigator Cohort Grant - Funds available: $250,000
Technology Matching Fund - Funds available: $620,000

Term of Contract:

Digital Navigator Cohort Grants: Projects must be completed within 18 months or less.
Technology Matching Fund: Projects must be completed within one year or less.

Contact Information:


For more information, contact or call (206) 379-0469.

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