Digital Inclusion Coalitions

Leadership Brief

NDIA is pleased to launch a new tool to support your digital inclusion coalition’s sustainability, leadership, and capacity through this leadership brief. The brief is designed to be used in coordination with the Digital Inclusion Coalition Guidebook, but it can be used as a stand-alone resource to align partners and collaborators on the need to formalize the structure of digital inclusion coalitions. Developed in partnership with the NYDIF Coalition Planning grantees and the NDIA Coalitions Working Group, comprised of local digital inclusion coalitions nationwide. 

Coalition Planning and Innovation Grantees

Twenty organizations and coalitions received grants totaling $1.42 million in 2022, through the New York Digital Inclusion Fund.

 “The New York Digital Inclusion Fund is designed to make an impact on whole communities and regions by supporting collaborative digital inclusion programs,” said Angela Siefer, executive director of NDIA. “We are proud to partner with Schmidt Futures and intend this work to serve as a model for others investing in digital equity.”

The Fund is managed by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and powered by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt. Read the full descriptions here.

Innovation Grants

Digital Inclusion Innovation Grants: Funding to support innovative partnership approaches to increase the number of people connected to broadband, equipped with the devices they need to participate in digital life, digital literacy resources, and technical support across communities throughout New York state.

Innovation Grant Recipients:

  • Can Code Communities 
  • Community Access, Inc. 
  • Friends and foundation of Albany Public Library 
  • Hispanic Federation 
  • Mission Ignite
  • OATS from AARP 
  • Queen Public Library Foundation 
  • The HOPE Program 
  • The STEM Alliance
  • Westchester Library System 


Coalition Planning Grants

Digital Inclusion Coalition Planning Grants: Funding to increase the number of digital inclusion partnerships across communities throughout New York state advance digital equity by addressing barriers to digital inclusion.  

Coalition Planning Grant Recipients:

  • Adirondack Health Institute (North Country Digital Inclusion Coalition)
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Sunset Park Digital Inclusion Group)
  • Finger Lakes Digital Inclusion Coalition
  • Healthy Community Alliance (Western New York Digital Equity Coalition)
  • InterFaith Works of Central New York (Central New York Digital Inclusion Coalition)
  • New York Academy of Medicine (Promoting Digital Inclusion for Older New Yorkers Coalition)
  • Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation (Queens Digital Inclusion Coalition)
  • Stony Brook Foundation (Long Island Digital Inclusion Coalition)
  • The Bronx Community Foundation (The Bronx Digital Equity Coalition)
  • United Way of Greater Capital Region (CapReg Digital Inclusion Coalition)

About the New York Digital Inclusion Fund

The New York Digital Inclusion Fund launched with exciting new grant opportunities for New York-based digital inclusion work. The fund will support innovative partnership models accelerating digital inclusion across New York state.

NDIA is proud to partner with Schmidt Futures on the launch of the New York Digital Inclusion Fund and to provide guidance and technical expertise to grantees as they carry out their digital inclusion activities to advance digital equity in their communities and regions. 

The Fund is supported by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, and managed by NDIA. NDIA will support applicants and provide training and technical support to grantees, sharing lessons learned, best practices, and guidance as they carry out their digital inclusion work.

The Fund creates opportunities in two categories – Digital Inclusion Coalition Planning Grants and Digital Inclusion Innovation Grants. The first will support regional digital inclusion coalition building and the second will support innovative partnerships to increase the number of people connected to broadband and equipped with devices. The Fund will also provide digital literacy resources and technical support across communities throughout New York state.

Priority Populations. The Fund prioritizes support for communities who identify in the following areas:

  • Immigrants/Refugees/ English Language Learners
  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color)
  • Formerly or Currently Incarcerated Individuals
  • Housing Insecure/Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
  • Low-income households
  • People with disabilities
  • Jobseekers
  • Older Adults (65 years+)

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