2021 Technology Matching Fund Projects

Boys Girls Club of King County

Develop a Technology Station at Lowell Elementary School location serving 40 youth through age 12. Augmenting a donation of 15 Surface Go 2 devices by Microsoft, BGC will help youth devlope essential digital literacy skill enabling them to keep pace with their peers at school as well as with the advances occurring in the world around them. Award: $11,021.71

East African Community Services

The East African Digital Literacy program (EADL) designed to conduct in-person, small group digital literacy training sessions for 100 East African immigrant and refugee adults, ages 28-60. Student will receive 20 hours of training per month in 10, 10-person cohorts, in basic computer usage, social media and beginning and intermediate internet usage. Award: $25,000

Equity in Education Coalition

This project will integrate and train two AmeriCorps individuals to serve and offer digital navigation services in South Seattle, as well as develop a training curriculum for onboarding future AmeriCorps digital navigators. 400 multilingual, immigrant/refugee, low-income BIPOC communities in South Seattle will receive assistance through the EEC project.  Award: $25,000

Kin On Health Care Center

The Kin On SmartLab will feature a technology loan program and smart home device learning sessions for 120 older adults. The loan program will increase elders' access to new technology and online services, with tablets and hotspots that can be borrowed for three months at a time after attending training sessions. Award: $23,000

Literacy Source

This project will prepare the Learning Center in Lake City for a return to in-person classes and support infrastructure with digital literacy leads. With these updates, they will be able to host hybrid in-person and online learning sessions and the staffing will receive the skills needed to meet the digital skills needs of 500 adult and older adult students. Award: $20,140.45

Multimedia Resources Training Institute

MMRTI will provide online and in-person classes and workshops for 70 adults living at Yesler Terrace through the training and staffing of Digital Navigators, volunteers and technology professionals. They will help residents acquire computers and access to internet and assist them in navigating online services to secure additional supportive services. Award: $24,954

Path with Art

Path with Art will provide 30 wifi enabled tablets to 50 insecurely housed residents living in tiny home villages in partnership with Mary's Place, Low Income Housing Institute, Plymouth Housing and Camp Second Chance. Additionally, tablet recipients will have access to weekly technology literacy classes and 1:1 technical support and help. Award: $25,000

Renaissance 21

This project will provide Teen Learning Hubs in Seattle's underserved communities with 40 new laptops and virtual workshops in multiple languages to 80 teens in Seattle. Seattle's 8 Teen Learning Hubs have been opening COVID-compliant virtual learning spaces and this project will equip students with needed devices to increase their participation. Award: $24,957.50

Senior Center of West Seattle

Building Community Through Connections will provide access to technology for seniors at home as well as at the Senior Center of West Seattle. They will provide a 1-2 person Zoom Room on site and tech support for individuals bringing their own devices. Additionally, they will host virtual classes via Zoom in real time to home-based older adults to improve their digital literacy skills. They anticipate supporting 300 seniors through this project. Award: $19,290

Simulated Immersive eXperimental Realities

The Future Founders Makers Fellowship is a paid 120-hour training, networking and hands-on experience in product design, mentorship, and tech entrepreneurship. The 20-person inaugural cohort is open to all Seattle residents ages 16 to 24 years-old from historically underrepresented communities who have demonstrated interest in technology and targets Black and Latinx women, as well as recent immigrants. Award: $25,000

Somali Family Safety Task Force

This project provides tablets and hotspots to 20 East African immigrant and refugee women living in southeast and southwest Seattle. This funding will add two 10-week digital skills training sessions to COVID-19 delayed classes they are offering in winter and spring 2021. Additionally, they will hold three virtual workshops and trainings. Award: $25,000

Sound Generations

This project will equip 30 immigrant and refugee older adults in partnership with Sea Mar, Chinese Information Service Center and Horn of Africa Services with laptops, one-year of connectivity and provide workshops for services.  Sound Generations will hire a part-time Digital Equity Coordinator who will assist older adults in navigating their technology support needs.  Award: $21,900

The Vera Project

This two-part project will equip a Creative Equipment Lending Library for access by young artists to expand access and opportunities in inclusive creative industries with a special focus on at-home/DIY recording, production and live streaming. Their Digital Production Lab will support a cohort of 20 young people in a 6-month career-connected learning program of 20 classes and workshops. Award: $24,706

Wa Na Wari

This three-part project will develop a live-streaming lending library, establish an on-location studio and train and equip a paid cohort of 5 artists to gather oral histories from local BIPOC elders and community leaders in the Central Area. 80 older adults will benefit from this intergenerational project bringing together teens and adults to support their goals. Award: $23,160

Windz of Change Alliance

This project will equip indigenous individuals with technology tools and workshops to preserve their community relationship networks and prevent further loss of heritage protocol gathering practices and reduce isolation impacted by COVID-19. They will do this by creating a lending library, hosting workshops, and providing digital navigation support. Award: $25,000