Techquity Kilobyte Grant

Techquity Kilobyte Grant

Overview

Techquity is a new initiative of United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County (UWGMWC), launched in 2020, to bridge the digital divide in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties. To accomplish this, Techquity strives to ensure students, adults, and families in our community have access to the digital tools and skills they need to succeed in their education and/or employment. Techquity uses four strategies to promote digital equity and inclusion: 

  • Access: Advocating & organizing for access to reliable, affordable broadband internet service. 
     
  • Devices: Securing digital devices for priority populations without access to them. 
     
  • Skills: Developing & promoting partnerships, trainings, and resources to improve digital skills & literacy, & encourage advancement in tech-sector careers for priority populations.
     
  • Advocacy: Developing a network of local advocates who can raise awareness about the digital divide in our region, & leverage their expertise & organization(s) to foster digital equity & inclusion.

Criteria

The Techquity Kilobyte Grant application is an abbreviated offering of the larger Techquity Digital Devices & Skills Grant. Kilobyte Grants (KB Grants) are awarded in increments of $1,000 or less. An applying organization can receive up to $5,000 in KB Grants annually. All KB Grant awards count toward the total annual cap of $20,000 in Techquity funding per 501(c)3 organization.

Eligible device and skill expenses below. 

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 Digital Devices

Eligible devices on which to spend Kilobyte Digital Device funding include:

  • laptop and/or desktop computers/Chromebooks;
  • iPads/tablets;
  • routers, modems, and/or coaxial cables;
  • WiFi hotspots and associated data plans;
  • keyboards and mouses;
  • cellphones or smartphones and associated data plans;
  • broadband internet bill by month or year;
  • other relevant tech-related items.
 Digital Skills

Eligible digital skills training on which to spend Kilobyte Digital Skills funds include:

  • costs for hiring digital skills/literacy instructors for priority populations;
  • enrolling clients in digital skills/upskilling classes, seminars, or conferences;
  • educational resources or materials to aid or enhance the digital skills and literacy of clients;
  • other relevant skills and training-related items or resources.

All Techquity Kilobyte grant recipients must use their received funding to serve clients from one or more of Techquity’s designated priority populations, which include but are not limited to:

  • Households with school-aged children;
  • Under-resourced schools and other education-focused community organizations;
  • Community-based organizations in “broadband deserts,” or areas of limited broadband connectivity;
  • Elderly in need of digital devices and/or digital skills training;
  • Persons seeking employment, especially employment requiring moderate to high digital skills and/or “upskilling”;
  • Vulnerable populations, such as those experiencing domestic violence or homelessness;
  • Other priority populations as relevant.

Eligibility

Each organization applying for Techquity Kilobyte grants must select "yes" to the following questions to be eligible.

  • Is your agency a registered 501(c)3 in good financial standing?
  • Does your agency serve Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, and/or Washington County residents?
  • Does your agency provide direct service to clients without access to digital tools necessary to learn or work effectively, especially those who must work remotely/from their home, shelter, etc.?
  • Can your agency demonstrate need for requested digital devices and the uses to which they will be put?
  • Can the agency commit to spending grant awards within three months of grant approval and providing a post-award report on the use of funds within six months of grant approval?

Apply

Organization Name: 

Organization Address: 

Organization EIN: 

Organization CEO Name: 

Organization CEO Email:

Application contact Name:

Application contact Email:

Application contact Phone:

 

Qualification criteria – check all that apply:

Organization is a 501c3 non-profit in good financial standing.

Organization serves Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, and/or Washington Counties in Wisconsin.

Organization provides direct service to clients without access to digital tools necessary to learn or work effectively, especially those who must work remotely/from their home, shelter, etc.

Organization can demonstrate need for requested digital devices and the uses to which they will be put.

Organization can commit to spending grant awards within three months of grant approval and providing a post-award report on the use of funds within six months of grant approval.

 

Amount Requested: $

Intended use(s) of funding:

 

If your organization intends to use funding for devices, please describe the devices intended for purchase and their uses.

 

If your organization intends to use funding for digital skills & literacy training services, please describe the services/trainings intended for purchase and/or hire and their uses.

 

What is the intended recipient, group, and/or demographic served via Techquity Kilobyte funding?

 

 

Questions?

Please contact our Techquity team by using the form on the previous page, or click here.

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