Program History

The Technology Matching Fund program was established in 1997 to support the community's efforts to close the digital divide and encourage a technology-healthy city. It  provides grants where the community's contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services, or cash is matched by the Technology Matching Fund.

The fund is administered by the Community Technology Program of the City of Seattle's Information Technology department and is funded with cable franchise fees. Since the program began, more than 355 community organizations have received over $5.7 million in funding and generated an additional $9 million in community match. 

The fund continues the legacy of Bill Wright, a Central District community leader who embodied the program goals of creating digital equity and opportunities for all, and of using technology tools to engage residents, improve communications and strengthen communities. Bill Wright developed MidTown Commons, one of the early technology access and education centers in Seattle.