February 17

Large technology grants available for community organizations



The City of Seattle has announced a call for applicants for the Technology Matching Fund, a grant program aimed at helping to, “close the digital divide in Seattle, especially for vulnerable residents.” Community organizations could win up to $20,000, and are available for,  “projects that meet goals for increasing online civic engagement, technology access and adoption, internet and digital media skills, or community building,” according to the City.

“This grant program exists to support the strong and diverse community of people in Seattle who use technology to help others,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “I look forward to seeing the work that this fund will help make possible.”

Local organization Solid Ground is hosting one of two upcoming free workshops to help applicants learn more about the application process, grant requirements and what makes a successful application. The meeting at Solid Ground (1401 N. 45th St.) will be held Thursday, March 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Another free workshop will be held at Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW), on Saturday, March 3 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

From the City:

“The Technology Matching Fund grant program is an inclusive program exemplifying the City’s commitment to Race and Social Justice by providing resources and technology access to all of our residents.  2012 will be the fifteenth year of the program and it continues to be a critical partnership with the community by empowering residents with technology skills to find jobs and helping neighborhoods develop online public safety networks,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell.

Last year 23 organizations received a total of $320,000 in grant funds, which are being matched with in community contributions, including volunteer labor, professional services and donated equipment and software. A list of grantees and a map of their locations is available online.

Applications will be accepted from February 29 through April 3.

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