2023 Digital Equity Grants

Technology Matching Fund 

The Technology Matching Fund (TMF) program was established in 1997 to support the community’s efforts to close the digital divide and encourage a technology-healthy city. Over $5 million has been awarded since 1998. 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. 

In 2023, Technology Matching Fund (TMF) will provide funds of up to $45,000 to qualifying non-profit organizations and community groups (with a fiscal sponsor) in Seattle for digital equity projects. A total of $545,000 is available for TMF grants. A minimum of $90,000 will be allocated to TMF digital navigator projects. City dollars are matched by the community's contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services, or cash. Projects should aim to increase internet access and adoption by providing:

  • Digital navigator services: One-on-one or small group, just-in-time assistance via phone, email, text, video chat, and in-person to help residents (1) use their devices (computers, laptops, and smartphones), (2) connect to the internet, and (3) enroll in low-cost internet plans.
  • Digital literacy skills training: Digital literacy skills training for new technology users. 
  • Devices and technical support: Devices and the support needed to use it effectively. 
  • Access to the internet: Internet to low-income residents by expanding Wi-Fi or another means. 
  • Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Outreach and Enrollment: Assistance to enroll residents in ACP by informing eligible residents AND providing in-person assistance. For more information about ACP, visit www.fcc.gov/acp

Proposals may include one area of service listed above or a combination of navigator services, skills training, devices, connectivity, and ACP outreach/enrollment. The City will fund projects that collectively address all five Digital Equity Grant Categories. Community reviewers will score applications based on Scoring Criteria on page 5 of the Grant Guidelines, and organizations committed to participating in a cohort of service providers will receive bonus points. An internal review panel will make final funding recommendations to the Community Technology Advisory Board and Seattle IT's Chief Technology Officer. 

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through the City’s FLUXX portal, www.seattle.fluxx.io. Use Chrome browser for an optimized experience. Create an account and add your organization to the application.

Important Dates

  • Applications Accepted: Starting February 13
  • Preliminary Application Deadline (optional): March 27* at 12 p.m. 
  • Final Application Deadline: April 17 at 12 p.m.
  • Award Notification: July 2023
  • Projects Begin: September 2023 (Projects must be completed within one year.)

* New deadline

Information Sessions

Interested applicants can participate in Information Sessions hosted by Digital Equity Program staff. The sessions will be held online and are open to all. Applicants can expect to learn more about the process and ask questions at this time.

Monday, February 27, 12-1 p.m. 

Webex meeting recording: Technology Matching Fund - Information Session #1-20230227 2004-2 (download PowerPoint presentation in the top right navigation bar)
Recording link: https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/ldr.php?RCID=2d2e42d55ae9d3007766e9d6c2cbd92b

Password: Pf3AcPR4

Wednesday, March 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Join link:

Webinar number:
2480 556 0528

Webinar password:
p4ThgRQiT22 (74844774 from phones)

Join by phone
+1 (206) 207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle)
+1 (408) 418-9388 United States Toll

Access code: 248 055 60528

Friday, April 7, 10-11 a.m. 

Join link:

Webinar number:
2487 884 8957

Webinar password:
jY7sBCjRr45 (59772257 from phones)

Join by phone
+1 (206) 207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle)
+1 (408) 418-9388 United States Toll

Access code: 248 788 48957


If you would like to schedule a meeting, have questions about the application, or need technical assistance, please email communitytechnology@seattle.gov. You can also reach out via phone call or text (206) 379-0469 to reach a Digital Equity Program staff member. 

Internet for All 

These funds are a key part of the City's Internet for All framework. The lack of access to internet-accessible devices and technical skills play a significant role in why some residents remain unconnected. Partnering with organizations that support communities in a holistic way is essential for reaching diverse populations that need digital support. Read the City of Seattle's Internet For All Strategies and Action Plan here

Applicant Resources

Communities Rise offers Grant Writing Clinics for non-profit organizations and community groups. This organization works with organizations, small businesses and communities located in Washington state that have been impacted by systemic oppression to increase capacity and build power. We recognize the strength and resilience in our communities and offer support through peer learning, coaching, and legal services and trainings. We also work with community leaders in the broader nonprofit, public, and philanthropic sectors to create systemic change.

MiCTA is a non-profit organization that enables its members to access better volume pricing, additional purchasing programs and vendors. Members can benefit from discounted rates for the following:

  • Telecommunications, Equipment, Internet, Specialty Services and Applications
  • Structured Cabling Services
  • Fiber Build Out, Leased Dark/Lit Fiber
  • CBRS Products and Services
  • Cellular 4G/5G, Wireless Products, Services and Applications
  • Next Generation 9-1-1 Equipment and Services, and Last Mile Services

Puget Sound Grantwriters Association promotes responsible, effective grantseeking and fosters connections among grantseekers, non-profits, and funders.

Information Technology

Jim Loter, Interim Chief Technology Officer
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 2700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94709, Seattle, WA, 98124-4709
Phone: (206) 684-0600
Phone Alt: Cable TV & Internet Discount Information: (206) 684-8498

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