$100,000 in grants available to help bridge the digital divide in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Foundations’ Digital Inclusion Fund, which was created as part of the Community Benefits Agreement between the City of Minneapolis and USI Wireless, is seeking requests for proposals from eligible organizations in Minneapolis that are working to promote technology access and literacy throughout the city. Approximately $100,000 is available and the grants will be good for one year. The maximum grant size for this cycle is $10,000.

Nonprofits and public institutions that provide access to technology to underserved populations in the city are eligible to apply. Past grantees of the Digital Inclusion Fund are not eligible to apply for a grant this cycle. Applicants must provide programming in the City of Minneapolis for the benefit of Minneapolis residents to be considered.

Requests for funding from the Digital Inclusion Fund should demonstrate how the proposed activities will accomplish long-term change in the city in at least one of the following areas:

Preference will be given to funding requests that address one or more of the goal areas in a clear and measurable way with special interest in proposals addressing the needs of elders and people with disabilities.

For information on the RFP process and instructions on how to apply for a grant visit the Digital Inclusion Fund website.

Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. Grant recipients will be notified in December 2010.

About the Digital Inclusion Fund

The Digital Inclusion Fund supports efforts to bridge the digital divide in Minneapolis by providing qualified organizations with financial resources to promote technology access and literacy for low-income people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, displaced workers, seniors, and other new users of technology. It was established at USI Wireless. USI Wireless is the vendor responsible for establishing a wireless network in the City of Minneapolis.

Published Aug. 4, 2010