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Technology Matching Fund

Grants to Seattle, Washington Nonprofits, Groups, Associations, and
CBOs to Increase Access to Technology for All Residents

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Seattle Information Technology - Community Technology Program

Conf. Date:

03/31/18

Deadline Date:

05/07/18 5:00 PM

Description:

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Matching grants of up to $50,000 to Seattle, Washington nonprofits, neighborhood groups, Parent-Teacher-Student Associations (PTSA), business groups, and other community-based organizations for digital equity projects. The purpose of this program is to provide technology opportunities to all of Seattle's residents and communities – especially those who are historically underserved or underrepresented.

The Technology Matching Fund aims to address gaps that exist in the following areas:
- Connectivity: Increase access to free or low-cost broadband.
- Skills training: Empower residents with digital literacy skills.
- Devices and technical support: Ensure affordable, available and sufficient devices and technical support.

The fund seeks to support creative and collaborative approaches to providing digital opportunities. Priority will be given to projects that engage historically underserved or underrepresented communities and leverage existing relationships, resources and expertise.

- Example 1: A group that works with seniors seeks to provide information to their clients on available low cost home broadband options and how to sign up. The group may apply for funds to work with a trainer to deliver a series of broadband workshops at their site and six other Senior Centers over the course of the year.

- Example 2: A community group working with immigrant and refugee families has a popular after school youth program. They are looking for opportunities for their youth to gain exposure to coding. They can apply for funds to upgrade their computer lab and partner with a group who specializes in delivering coding programs for kids.

- Example 3: A group has an employment program for low income adults. They may apply for funds to provide specialized tech training and refurbished laptops for their clients to empower them for a more successful job search.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151921

Estimated Size of Grant:

The City will award grants of up to $50,000 for collaborative projects.

Term of Contract:

Grants must be completed within one year or less. Projects should start no earlier than October, 2018 and must be completed by November, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: Nonprofits, neighborhood groups, Parent-Teacher-Student Associations (PTSA), business groups, and other community-based organizations.

Awarded projects are required to have a fiscal agent. Your organization may act as its own fiscal agent or use another organization to manage the pass-through of grant funds. An individual can serve as your fiscal agent, if he or she obtains a tax identification number and complies with IRS rules. Fiscal agency fees are eligible project costs or can be applied to your match contribution.

Applications for school-based projects are eligible, but must come from a Parent-Teacher-Student Association or community-based organization. The fund will 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.

Strong school-based project proposals will:
- Describe how community members have been involved in planning the project and how they will be actively involved in project implementation.
- Include a letter of approval from the school principal.
- Ensure that equipment meets standard requirements and will be supported.

Ineligible applicants:
- Individuals.
- For-profit businesses.
- Religious organizations.
- Major institutions: government agencies, hospitals, universities, schools.
- Political groups.
- Organizations outside the city of Seattle.

Ineligible project expenses:
- Technology used by staff only.
- An organization’s operating expenses not directly related to the awarded project.
- Expenditures or financial commitments made before the organization is under contract with the City of Seattle.
- Out-of-city travel expenses, or any lodging/hotel expenses.
- Private transportation expenses, including mileage, gas, insurance, car rentals, etc.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Want to learn more? Attend a free information workshop!

March 26th: 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
March 29th: Neighborhood House High Point, 6400 Sylvan Way S, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
March 31st: Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is May 7, 2018. There is one application cycle per year.

How to apply:

Step 1: You must first register online with the City of Seattle Webgrants. It may take a few days for your registration to be confirmed. Once confirmed, you will receive a USERID and PASSWORD via email.
Step 2: Complete the application forms. Login to the Webgrants system with your USERID and PASSWORD and fill in information about your project.
The online system will allow you to save a draft of your work to complete later. You must complete all the application sections and submit your application online.

Award notification. All applicants will be notified of award decisions in Mid June, 2018. Some groups may need to meet certain conditions identified by the City before receiving funding.
The City will reimburse grantees for budget expenses after the contract is signed in Sept-Nov, 2018. You are not allowed to spend project funds before the contract is signed.

Project implementation. Projects must be completed within one year, through Nov, 2019.

The Technology Matching Fund will match the community’s contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services, or cash. Applicant organizations will be required to match the value of the City’s money ½ :1. For example, if you request a $15,000 grant, you must prove that your organization can come up with a matching contribution valued at $7,500 or more.

Contact Information:

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

To register online: http://webgrants.seattle.gov

Please contact the fund early to discuss your project idea!
Delia Burke, 206-233-2751, delia.burke@seattle.gov
Vicky Yuki, 206-233-7877, vicky.yuki@seattle.gov
David Keyes, 206-386-9759, david.keyes@seattle.gov
Chance Hunt, 206-256-5166, chance.hunt@seattle.gov

Office address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 2700
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-684-0600

Mailing address:
Seattle Information Technology
Department of Information Technology
PO Box 94709
Seattle, WA 98124-4709

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Seattle