2005 Technology Matching Fund Projects
The City awarded $100,000 in grants for fourteen community technology projects ths year. These grants support projects which increase technology literacy and access, apply technology to increase civic engagement and reach underserved residents. The fund is supported by cable system franchise revenue collected by the city.
Read the 2005 Press Release
911 Media Arts Center
Young Producers Project Scholarship Program
Grant Award: $5,000, Community Match: $24,104
Open up summer classes on media literacy to economically challenged youth and offer up-to-date computers for the young producers program.
North Seattle Club-Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Technology Learning Center Expansion
Grant Award: $10,000, Community Match: $17,406
Expand the North Seattle Technology Learning Center to accommodate 20 computers, projector and screen. Offer training to volunteers and staff to teach computer basics using the Club Tech curriculum.
Teach the Teachers Project
Grant Award: $4,625, Community Match: $5,000
Develop a curriculum to teach basic life and computer skills to formerly homeless men and women. Recruit and train volunteers to become teachers. Assess student skills and track outcomes to measure curriculum effectiveness.
STAR Rising: Increasing Self Sufficiency
Grant Award: $9,990, Community Match: $12,591
Improve access to technology for disabled populations by upgrading hardware and software and developing trainings and a Training Guide primarily devoted to disabled users. The program will be delivered at the Special Technology Access Resource (STAR) center in collaboration with Seattle Housing Authority, and will increase levels of self sufficiency for Center House residents and the surrounding community.
Ethiopian Community Mutual Association
Ethio-Techno Mobile Multimedia Project
Grant Award: $10,000, Community Match: $10,000
Provide two three-month sessions of multi-media project training to Ethiopian/ Amharic youth with a cultural heritage content focus. Sessions will be held at three locations in north, central and south Seattle and efforts will be made to recruit low-income, disadvantaged Ethiopian youth.
Hate Free Zone Washington
Log On For Your Community
Grant Award: $9,400, Community Match: $9,675
Develop a “New American Voters” webpage to facilitate registration of 2,000 new voters; develop a webpage for their Community Leadership Council to provide a forum for member participation; and provide up to 240 community members the opportunity to participate in a series of live online discussions with local elected officials.
Grant Award: $5,000, Community Match: $11,725
Horn of Africa Services
Intermediate Computer Training
Grant Award: $5,000, Community Match: $11,725
Develop and test a curriculum for intermediate level computer training class to better serve East African refugees and immigrants in the greater Seattle area.
Computers for Community
Grant Award: $7,400, Community Match: $16,877
Donate one hundred Internet ready, refurbished computer sets to low-income clients of Fremont Public Association and FamilyWorks. Conduct a marketing campaign to gain computers and market computer hardware training and recycling opportunities.
Lao Community Services Office
Technology Improvement Program
Grant Award: $3,600, Community Match: $11,600
Help Lao youth improve their computer skills, academic achievement, and knowledge about their cultural heritage through Internet research and computer training. Help Lao adults increase their computer skills so they are more self-sufficient.
Low Income Housing Institute
LIHI Technology Initiative
Grant Award: $9,000, Community Match: $25,538
Develop a mobile laptop lab and three mini labs which will increase computer access and training opportunities for low-income and formerly homeless residents at three housing sites. Teach job search skills, resume writing, computers and financial literacy.
Rainier Vista Technology Center
Grant Award: $6,180, Community Match: $71,985
Provide six computers, serving residents of all ages. Offer training modules specifically designed to meet the needs of the low-income residents in Rainier Vista, including children, adults, limited English proficient adults, seniors and people with disabilities.
Rainier Beach Community Technology Center
Family Tech Training and Computer Give-Away Program
Grant Award: $6,000, Community Match: $10,540
Provide low-income, minority families training in computer hardware management, software installation and utilization and accessing online government and school district resources. Participants take home refurbished computers they build.
Salvation Army White Center Community Center
Seattle White Center Computer Lab
Grant Award: $4,900, Community Match: $14,150
Hire two UW work study students to staff the lab for 20 hours per week. Students will teach basic computer and Internet classes to adults, seniors and youth and web page development to teens. They will also assist during open lab hours.
Yesler Community Center
Basic Computer Training Project
Grant Award: $8,905, Community Match: $$8,441
Teach poor working refugees and immigrants coming out of welfare and illiteracy basic computer skills in conjunction with English as a second language. Classes will use simple English words to fit the levels of the participants.