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Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund

Grants to Kansas and Missouri Nonprofits to Increase Internet
and Computer Access for Greater Kansas City Area Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/20/17 5:00 PM CST


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Grants starting at $15,000 to Kansas and Missouri nonprofits for projects in the greater Kansas City area that provide computer access, make it easy to get online, help make the Internet relevant and beneficial for new users, and increase people's digital skills.

For the purposes of these grants, the greater Kansas City area includes Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.

Successful applicants will demonstrate familiarity with the primary barriers reported by people who aren’t yet using the Internet, and will propose innovative solutions to helping these new Internet users adopt and use the Internet. Preference will be given to collaborative, comprehensive and sustainable projects as well as those that demonstrate knowledge of and ability to work in the region’s most underserved neighborhoods / Fiberhoods.

Eligible projects will target one or more of the following focus areas:

- People who don’t use the Internet but are interested in learning how to get online and need help.
- People who don’t use the Internet and who lack a computer or perceive high costs to Internet access.
- Areas with high unemployment, with emphasis on Internet-related career skills and job hunting.
- Senior citizens who don’t use the Internet, with emphasis on access to health information.
- School children in homes without Internet access.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172636

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants generally range from $15,000 to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

These are one year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must:

- Be a 501(c)(3) public charities performing work within the five county metropolitan area (Jackson, Clay, and Platte in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas).
- Agree to participate in external evaluation to measure the impact of the project
- Agree to provide a mid-year and year-end report

Eligible expenses and activities to be supported may include, but are not limited to:

- Program costs including reasonable staff time associated with the implementation of the program / project
- Training and support for volunteers who assist in program / project implementation
- Hardware, software and Internet connectivity to be used to provide digital skills training for target population members (e.g. devices + portable hotspots for mobile computer labs*)

*A Note About Hardware Budget Requests: Note that while projects are encouraged to offer referrals to, partner with, or provide a subsidy towards computers for the new Internet users they serve, the Fund is not intended to cover the full cost of devices for program participants' take-home use. Projects that anticipate significant hardware budget requirements are encouraged to collaborate with refurbished device providers, seek discounted software licensing opportunities, and consider scalable collaborations with other organizations (e.g. shared mobile labs).

Expenses and activities that will not be supported include:

- Costs associated with updating an organization’s internal hardware, software, IT systems or support, or website content
- Construction fees or monthly service charges for home Internet subscriptions
- Development of WiFi or other networks intended to provide wide-scale connectivity
- Purchase of hardware for end users and/or in home use

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Information Session: To be held in July 2017.

Please check back here for exact date and time:

A copy of the grant Information Session presentation can be found in the Supporting Documents section below.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:

- Application Launch: June 2017
- Grant Information Session: To be held in July 2017. Please check back for exact date and time.
- Application Deadline: September 20, 2017
- Panelist Review: October
- Community Foundation Review: November
- Awards Announced: November
- Grant Agreements Due: November

The review panel will include representatives of the Greater Kansas City community as well as individuals with national expertise in digital inclusion. The review panel will review all eligible applications and submit recommendations to the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, which will make final determinations.

iGAM Instructions:

Please read the grant guidelines and application instructions in their entirety before you begin an application.

All applications must be submitted through the Internet Grant Application Module (iGAM) by 5:00 p.m. on the due date.

- First-time users will need to create a user name and password via the “New Applicant?” link on the iGAM homepage. Previous users may log in using their existing iGAM account. Users are encouraged to create a single username and password for the organization to be shared among staff. If you have forgotten your password, use the “Forgot Password?” field to recover your password.
- Save the iGAM homepage to your web browser in order to access and resume draft applications as well as to review previously submitted applications.

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

Contact Person:

Matthew Fuller

General Contact Information:

1055 Broadway Blvd., Suite 130
Kansas City, MO 64105

Phone: 816.842.0944
Fax: 816.842.8079

If you have technical questions relating to iGAM, please contact or call 816.627.3452.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas: Johnson and Wyandotte Counties;   Missouri: Jackson, Clay, and Platte