Technology Matching Fund

Congratulations to the 2021 Technology Matching Fund recipients! This year, 15 projects were selected for funding with grants totaling $343,000 and matched with $480,795 in community resources. The Verizon Foundation has continued their partnership with us and directly funded a project at $25,000, bringing their support of the Technology Matching Fund to $50,000 over the past two years. A special thank you to the 18-person review panel and the Community Technology Advisory Board for the time, energy and diligence in reviewing the 55 applications we received this year. 

Here is a list of the 2021 Technology Matching Fund grants (read more about each of the projects here and a link to the map here):

  • Boys & Girls Club of King County (4520 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, 98108)
  • East African Community Services (7050 32rnd Ave, 98118)
  • Equity in Education Coalition (1200 12th Ave S, 98144)
  • Kin On Health Care Center (4416 S Brandon St, 98118)
  • Literacy Source (3200 NE 125th St, 98125)
  • Multimedia Resources & Training Institute (808 Fir St, 98104)
  • Path with Art (312 2nd Ave S, 98104)
  • Renaissance 21 (428 23rd Ave, 98122)
  • Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon, 98116)
  • Simulated Immersive eXperimental Realities (5637 Brooklyn Ave NE, 98105)
  • Somali Family Safety Task Force (7054 32rd Ave S, 98118)
  • Sound Generations (2208 2nd Ave, 98121)
  • The Vera Project (305 Harrison St, 98109)
  • Wa Na Wari (911 24th Ave, 98122)
  • Windz of Change Alliance (6056 Lanham Pl SW, 98126)

The Technology Matching Fund provides funds of up to $25,000 to qualifying non-profit ogranizations in Seattle for digital equity projects.  City dollars are matched by the community's contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services, or cash. 

Projects seeking Technology Matching Funds should aim to increase internet access and adoption, as described above, through:

  • Skills training by empowering residents through digital literacy skills training and support.
  • Devices and technical support by ensuring affordable, available and sufficient devices and the support needed to use them effectively.
  • Connectivity by providing internet to low-income residents by expanding wi-fi or another means, and/or assisting with low-cost internet option awareness and enrollment support.

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.

We seek projects that partner with organizations to deliver culturally relevant digital inclusion programs by:

  • Engaging with historically underserved or underrepresented communities; and
  • Leveraging existing relationships, resources and expertise.

Read more about the current projects.  View the dataset of all the Technology Matching Fund projects awarded since 1998. 

For more information, contact Vicky Yuki at (206) 233-7877 or vicky.yuki@seattle.gov