My colleague Bruce Harrell is busy reminding everyone that the application deadline to take advantage of the Technology Matching Fun (TMF) is coming up on Wednesday, May 18th.
TMF provides funding for projects focused on what’s known as digital inclusion, which means acccess, technological literacy, and relevant content/service for all citizens. TMF is intended to help underserved communities get the access and the skills necessary to participate in our global economy.
“The Technology Matching Fund provides services to more than 15,000 residents throughout the City. Since the program was established, the City has supported 177 projects and received $4.5 million in community matches. This program exemplifies how the City can work with the community using technology tools to build strong neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Harrell, chair of the Energy, Technology and Civil Rights Committee.
Eligible organizations must submit their application by Wednesday, May 18.
The TMF program was established in 1997 to help narrow the digital divide by supporting projects to increase access to technology in underserved communities. The TMF program helps residents gain resources to jobs, housing, education, and healthcare by building critical skills through increased computer training and access to computers and the Internet.
Organizations that meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
- 501 (c)3 non-profits located in Seattle serving Seattle residents
- Non-profits without 501 (c)3 designation but with a fiscal agent
- Organizations formed by ad hoc groups of residents to work on specific projects
- Community Councils, neighborhood associations or business groups
- Community-based organizations with a majority of members residing or operating in Seattle with a goal improving the quality of life for a specific Seattle community.
To submit your application to Seattle’s Technology Matching Fund or for more information, visit http://www.seattle.gov/tech/tmf/