Digital Inclusion Fund Awards 100k in Grants for Improving Technology Access & Literacy in Minnesota

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The Digital Inclusion Fund has awarded 11 grants totaling $100,000 to organizations across the city for programs to promote technology access and technology literacy. These are the third set of grants awarded from the Digital Inclusion Fund, which was created in 2007 as part of the “Wireless Minneapolis” contract between the City of Minneapolis and US Internet Wireless, the company that owns, built and manages the citywide wireless network. “

The 11 recipients are:

Augustana Care – $7,500 to support the Seniors Online program at Augustana Care’s Minneapolis Campus.

Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions, Inc. – $10,000 to teach technology access to blind persons in Minneapolis using synthesized speech and refreshable Braille displays.

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics: $8,505 to support the iPad Technology Inclusion Project.

Little Brother’s – Friends of the Elderly – $6,995 for technology improvements for elderly program participants.

Minnesota E-democracy.org – $10,000 to introduce, engage and support online civic engagement by residents of the Powderhorn and Phillips neighborhoods.

Operation de Novo – $7,000 to create an accessible computer lab to facilitate ongoing employment readiness and job search trainings and workshops.

The Aliveness Project – $10,000 to increase access to critical information and resources for disadvantaged people living with HIV/AIDS in Minneapolis.

Tubman – $10,000 to support the implementation of a community technology center at Tubman’s Chrysalis Center in South Minneapolis.

Twin Cities Community Voicemail (Open Access Connections) – $10,000 to establish a netbook lending library for low/no income people from Minneapolis who are currently or recently homeless.

Twin CitiesRISE!– $10,000 to support a Minneapolis-based work skills development program offering computer and internet instruction for low income adults.

YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis – $10,000 for additional computers and software programs for the North Community YMCA After-School Success Center.

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