Seattle, WA –The City of Seattle’s Bill Wright Technology Matching Fund is accepting applications for grants of up to $20,000 for digital inclusion projects which help to close the digital divide.  Last year nineteen organizations received $250,000 in grant funds, which they matched with over $414,000 in community contributions, including volunteer labor, professional services and donated equipment and software.  The application deadline is March 8, 2010.  Seattle, WA –The City of Seattle’s Bill Wright Technology Matching Fund is accepting applications for grants of up to $20,000 for digital inclusion projects which help to close the digital divide.  Last year nineteen organizations received $250,000 in grant funds, which they matched with over $414,000 in community contributions, including volunteer labor, professional services and donated equipment and software.  The application deadline is March 8, 2010.   The Tech Matching Fund supports projects that reach technology underserved communities to address one or more of the following goals: 1) to increase technology literacy and access; 2) to provide residents with access to computers the Internet and other information technology; and 3) to increase residents’ use of technology for community problem solving, civic engagement and community building.  Workshops will help applicants learn more about the application process, grant requirements and what makes a successful application.  The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Miller Community Center located at 330 19th Ave E.   Download grant applications and guidelines at www.seattle.gov/tech or contact Delia Burke at (206) 233-2751 or delia.burke@seattle.gov.  Research conducted by the city in 2009 shows that Seattleites making under $30,000 are only two-thirds as likely to have home Internet as those with household income above $40,000. People with no college education are a third less likely to have home Internet service. Seniors, those with disabilities, Latinos and African Americans continue to show less computer experience and range of use in vital areas such as use of online health information. The full report on technology access and adoption is available at http://seattle.gov/tech/indicators/.

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