King County Council (KCC) - Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ)
09/22/20 5:00 PM Receipt
Grants to Washington organizations in eligible areas to provide Internet connectivity and digital literacy support to residents impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding is intended to provide internet connection and the technology that is necessary for residents to access web-based applications and platforms for health, economic, housing, and other basic needs, or information necessitated by COVID-19. King County will partner with community-based organizations that currently serve seniors, limited-English proficiency, unemployed, and/or homeless adults to improve access to online resources and improve digital literacy. Eligible activities must benefit residents of King County.
New to the coronavirus pandemic is that residential options for accessing the Internet are the only way people can work, access government and job search services, or interact with their doctors, among others. Target beneficiaries may have relied on public spaces such as libraries, community centers, or coffee shops for their Internet access – locations that are now inaccessible due to COVID-19 closures. In this public health crisis, broadband is critical infrastructure and foundational technology for a functional society.
Ensuring equal access to the Internet for all residents, regardless of age, income, or ability will allow them to connect to important online resources. Increased digital access may take the form of assistance navigating online resources for health, economic, or other basic needs, providing technology for individuals to access the internet and online resources and services, and classes on digital and online literacy. Increasing access to these critical resources will help vulnerable King County residents recover from the health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19.
Primary beneficiaries of the program qualify if they are in one or more of the following categories:
And have a lack of internet connectivity, a lack of access to broadband-enabled devices, or a lack of digital literacy.
Within the target beneficiary groups, grantees should serve those who are the most affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Native American/Pacific Islander, and other disadvantaged communities. Grantees are expected to address language access for adults with limited English proficiency and ensure accessibility to the program for adults with disabilities.
Activities allowed under this grant include providing:
The following list outlines expenditures eligible under this grant program:
GrantWatch ID#: 192192
Applicants may request awards between $25,000 and $500,000.
Expenditures must be incurred in the period from August 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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