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2008 Grant Awards

2008 Grant Awards

In December 2008, the Digital Inclusion Fund awarded eight grants totaling $192,676 to organizations across the city for programs to promote technology access and technology literacy. The eight grantees were chosen through an RFP process.

The following grants were awarded:
  • Casa de Esperanza - $20,000 for Centro de Información y Recursos, which offers free internet and technology access at a location in the Mercado Central on Lake Street.
  • CommonBond Communities - $30,000 for technology access and literacy efforts at Seward Towers East and West.
  • Employment Action Center - $30,000 for software and equipment for the Community Technology Center to assist new Americans in a web-based English language learning program.
  • Library Foundation of Hennepin County - $24,676 for technology training in Hmong, Somali and Spanish at four Minneapolis libraries.
  • Minnesota Computers for Schools - $8,000 for distribution of refurbished laptop computers to students in a low-income area of Minneapolis, with tech support from student “tech teams” that have been trained in computer maintenance and operation.
  • PACER Center - $30,000 for technology access and literacy training for low-income people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants/refugees.
  • Patchwork Quilt - $30,000 for incorporation of computer literacy into all programs as well as computer software skills training for residents of North Minneapolis.
  • St. Paul Neighborhood Network - $20,000 for digital literacy training and workforce readiness preparation at nine Minneapolis agencies.