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2007 Grants and Award Process

2007 Grants and Award Process

In December 2007, the Digital Inclusion Fund awarded nine grants totaling $200,000 to organizations across the city for programs to promote technology access and technology literacy. These are the first grants awarded from the Digital Inclusion Fund. The nine grantees were chosen through an RFP process, which yielded 45 proposals.

The following grants were awarded:

  • The Bridge for Runaway Youth - $25,775 for a program that ensures digital inclusion for homeless youth.
  • Minneapolis Public Library - $18,588 for the expansion of the basic technology training classes for Somali and Spanish language speakers and for people with disabilities.
  • Patchwork Quilt - $30,000 for its Patchwork Digital Divide initiative to continue providing computer hardware, software, and access to the Wireless Minneapolis network for low-income families with children and people with disabilities.
  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center - $8,775 for its Bridging the Digital Divide project designed to bring diverse neighborhood youth together using wireless technology; also for the purchase of equipment, program materials, and accountability and evaluation services.
  • Plymouth Christian Youth Center - $22,500 for increased technology access and literacy among youth and families in north Minneapolis by providing computer access and education for community youth enrolled in the school's alternative and after-school programs; also to offer access and education on Saturdays for families from the community.
  • Project for Pride in Living - $25,000 for its new Learning Center Access Lab, which offers and array of resources and programs that help bridge the digital divide for low-income residents by providing computer skills and access.
  • St. Paul Neighborhood Network - $20,000 for program operations and member support.
  • TVbyGirls - $22,262 for a series of visual and media literacy workshops designed to work with girls in specific cultural communities.
  • Twin Cities Media Alliance - $27,100 for recruitment and training of Minneapolis residents and neighborhood organizations to create local, relevant, and useful information for distribution through neighborhood portals, community partners and Twin Cities Daily Planet.