Round 2 of Digital Inclusion Innovation Grants Now Open

NDIA is now accepting proposals for the New York Digital Inclusion Fund Innovation Grant category. These grants will support partnership models that address digital inclusion barriers with solutions across New York State.  The NYDIF will award grants between $50,000 and $250,000 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.

Proposals are due June 1, 2022. Additional information on the grant timeline, guidelines, recording from the Information Webinar on 5/12, and past webinars are available below.  

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

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Grant Timeline

Innovation Grant Cycle Opens

May 9, 2022

Informational Workshop

May 12, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 EDT

Innovation Grant Cycle Closes

June 1, 2022

Awarded Grantees Notified

July 31, 2022

Innovation Grants Begin

August 1, 2022

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 (e.g., libraries, schools, medical facilities, 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+)

Current NYDIF Digital Inclusion Innovation grantees are not eligible to apply. 


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More Information from Past Webinars

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.

Webinar: Q & A Webinar

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected].

2022 Coalition Planning and Innovation Round 1 Grants Awarded

We are pleased to announce the first round of grants to receive a combined $1.42 million in 2022, through the New York Digital Inclusion Fund. The Fund will be 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 of each grant here.

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. 

 2022 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)

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.

2022 Innovation Grant Recipients:

  • Albany Can Code (Making All New Yorkers Digitally Literate: Statewide expansion of CanCode model for Digital Literacy & Software Job Training)
  • Friends and foundation of Albany Public Library (APL-AHA Digital inclusion Partnership)
  • Hispanic Federation (New York City Latino Digital Equity Initiative)
  • The HOPE Program (Comprehensive Digital Literacy Training and Access for Low-Income New Yorkers)
  • Westchester Library System (Reentry Digital Inclusion)