New York Digital Inclusion Fund

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New York Digital Inclusion Fund is designed to support innovative partnership models that accelerate digital inclusion across New York state and recognizes the need for affordable, high-speed internet, devices, and digital skills. 

It is managed by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and powered by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt. There are two upcoming funding opportunities available:

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.

Specifically, grant funds will be used to:

  • Form coalitions between diverse groups of local digital inclusion stakeholders
  • Research and define community digital inclusion needs and design implementation plans to provide comprehensive local solutions in anticipation of funding availability at the state level
  • Build relationships with local and state-based digital inclusion stakeholders (municipal and state government, education departments, state library, and national organizations)

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.

Specifically, grant funds will be used to:

  • Support collective impact models of diverse stakeholders to develop high-impact, scalable, technology-enabled digital inclusion services/programming for 1-2 years in underserved communities
  • Support innovative partnership collaborations between digital inclusion stakeholders within local communities
  • Support a set of partnership-based pilot initiatives to expand existing digital inclusion programming or create new initiatives that meet the needs of more residents than the community had prior through strategic partnership collaborations
  • Develop novel partnership approaches to increasing the number of people connected to broadband, equipped with the devices they need to participate in digital life, digital literacy resources, technical support, and more

What types of organizations are eligible to apply for a grant?

The lead proposer must be a 501(c)3 organization. Proposal partners can include: Community-based organizations, digital inclusion advocates, digital literacy skills platforms, and community anchor institutions (i.e., library, school, medical facility, housing, etc.) that work with any of the following priority populations:

  • Immigrants/English Language Learners
  • Formerly or Currently Incarcerated Individuals
  • Housing Insecure/Homeless Individuals
  • Low income households
  • Job-seekers
  • Older Adults (65 years+)

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More Information from Past Webinars

Webinar: Digital Inclusion Coalition Grants

Digital Inclusion Coalition Grants will support a place-based metro or regional plan to build a local digital inclusion coalition with other stakeholders to:

  • Diagnose and define local digital inclusion needs;
  • Identify existing digital inclusion resources;
  • Design an implementation plan to address identified needs; and 
  • Identify partners and funding sources to support digital inclusion work.

Webinar: Digital Inclusion Innovation Grants

The Digital Inclusion Innovation grants support collaboration with other digital inclusion stakeholders through a partnership model to address one or more of the following goals:

  • Increased enrollment in affordable or subsidized broadband programs;
  • Increased access to affordable devices;
  • Increased access to digital literacy training programs; and
  • Increased access to digital navigation services.

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected].