Minneapolis Digital Inclusion Fund Request for Proposals

Peter Fleck, who sits on the Digital Inclusion Fund Advisory Board and the committee that gives out the grants (and who was just on Truth to Tell talking about it), has all the details on the RFP process.

Important documents: The proposal, and the RFP and grant application. Deadline for submission is Friday, September 5, 2008.

The grants are available to nonprofit (501 (c)(3) ) organizations. There is a total of $200,000 to be given away, same as last year. Grant amounts vary between $5,000 and $30,000.

The purpose of the fund is to:

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.

and we are interested in funding projects that address:

  1. Affordable internet access;
  2. Technology literacy;
  3. Local, relevant and accessible content;
  4. Adequate, affordable hardware and software tools.

Past grantees can apply but must provide a progress report with specific quantified outcome measures.

US Internet, who is building the Minneapolis Wi-Fi system, gave the money for the Digital Inclusion Fund as part of their contract with the City of Minneapolis.

Contact Peter at pfhyper@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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