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Technology Matching Fund

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

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Seattle Information Technology - Community Technology Program

Conf. Date:

12/05/20

Deadline Date:

01/12/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Matching grants of up to $25,000 to Washington nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups, Parent-Teacher-Student Associations, business groups, and other community-based organizations in eligible locations for digital equity projects. Funding is intended to provide technology opportunities to local residents and communities – especially those who are historically underserved or underrepresented. Eligible projects benefit the residents of Seattle.

The barriers to digital equity disproportionately affect BIPOC residents, low-income households, limited-English speakers, older adults, and people with disabilities. These households are located primarily in South Central Seattle, South Seattle, West Seattle, and areas of downtown and Lake City. The COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified the need to address this disparity, as working from home, accessing vital resources, and online schooling have become the norm. Additionally, digital equity providers are impacted by the inability to provide classes, technical assistance, and supportive services in person. 

Applicants should partner with organizations to deliver culturally relevant digital inclusion programs by engaging with historically underserved or underrepresented communities; and leveraging existing relationships, resources, and expertise.

Projects seeking Technology Matching Funds should aim to increase internet access and adoption, as described above, 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.

For examples of project ideas, see: http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/SeattleIT/DigitalEngagement/TMF/2021%20Technology%20Matching%20Fund%20Guidelines.pdf#page=4

For information about eligible projects expenses, see: http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/SeattleIT/DigitalEngagement/TMF/2021%20Technology%20Matching%20Fund%20Guidelines.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151921

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within one year or less.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Non-profit organizations
- Neighborhood groups
- Parent-Teacher-Student Associations (PTSA)
- Business groups
- Community-based organizations

Applications for projects within institutions such as schools, housing authorities, and other government agencies are eligible for Technology Matching Fund grants but must come from community groups (e.g. resident associations, Parent Teacher Student Associations) or community-based organizations. The fund must engage the larger community in a meaningful way. Examples include:
- School-based programs that support after-school or evening-based programs. Funds may not be used for in-school projects that do not engage the larger community in a meaningful way.
- Resident associations that create opportunities for digital skills training and support provided in community rooms or common areas in low-income housing communities.

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

For information about non-eligible project expenses, see: http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/SeattleIT/DigitalEngagement/TMF/2021%20Technology%20Matching%20Fund%20Guidelines.pdf#page=6

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants can attend a virtual information session on TMF guidelines, application, and Q&A at one of two offered. Registration is required, so click on the links next to the date(s) you wish to attend. The content will be the same at both sessions.

Tuesday, November 24 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm 11/24 workshop
Registration link: https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7358a711101b94c2cfc9dc35a287d416

Saturday, December 5 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm 12/5 workshop
Registration link: https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2b7d623d3385b4d599da4c9014cf2b8a

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Grant recipients will be notified in mid-February 2021.

Applicants must register online with City of Seattle Web grants prior to applying. Registration can take a few days. See https://webgrants.seattle.gov/index.do

The total match must equal at least half of the funding request. For more information, see http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/SeattleIT/DigitalEngagement/TMF/2021%20Technology%20Matching%20Fund%20Guidelines.pdf#page=7

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: http://webgrants.seattle.gov/index.do

Direct questions to
Vicky Yuki
(206) 233-7877
vicky.yuki@seattle.gov

Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave, Suite 2700
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-684-0600
communitytechnology@seattle.gov

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