2023 Digital Equity Grants

Technology Matching Fund 

The Technology Matching Fund (TMF) program was established in 1997 to support the community’s efforts to close the digital divide and encourage a technology-healthy city. Over $5 million has been awarded since 1998. The fund continues the legacy of Bill Wright, a Central District community leader who embodied the program goals of creating digital equity and opportunities for all, and of using technology tools to engage residents, improve communications and strengthen communities. 

In 2023, Technology Matching Fund (TMF) will provide funds of up to $45,000 to qualifying non-profit organizations and community groups (with a fiscal sponsor) in Seattle for digital equity projects. A total of $545,000 is available for TMF grants. A minimum of $90,000 will be allocated to TMF digital navigator projects. City dollars are matched by the community's contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services, or cash. Projects should aim to increase internet access and adoption by providing:

  • Digital navigator services: One-on-one or small group, just-in-time assistance via phone, email, text, video chat, and in-person to help residents (1) use their devices (computers, laptops, and smartphones), (2) connect to the internet, and (3) enroll in low-cost internet plans.
  • Digital literacy skills training: Digital literacy skills training for new technology users. 
  • Devices and technical support: Devices and the support needed to use it effectively. 
  • Access to the internet: Internet to low-income residents by expanding Wi-Fi or another means. 
  • Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Outreach and Enrollment: Assistance to enroll residents in ACP by informing eligible residents AND providing in-person assistance. For more information about ACP, visit www.fcc.gov/acp

Proposals may include one area of service listed above or a combination of navigator services, skills training, devices, connectivity, and ACP outreach/enrollment. The City will fund projects that collectively address all five Digital Equity Grant Categories. Community reviewers will score applications based on Scoring Criteria on page 5 of the Grant Guidelines, and organizations committed to participating in a cohort of service providers will receive bonus points. An internal review panel will make final funding recommendations to the Community Technology Advisory Board and Seattle IT's Chief Technology Officer. 

2024 funding opportunity coming this Fall 2023! Please sign up for our newsletter to receive information about the next funding cycle.

How to Apply

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Applications are accepted through the City’s FLUXX portal, www.seattle.fluxx.io. Use Chrome browser for an optimized experience. Create an account and add your organization to the application.

Important Dates

  • 2023 TMF Award Notification: July 2023
  • 2023 TMF Projects Begin: September 2023 (Projects must be completed within one year.)

2024 TMF Information Sessions

Fall, 2023


If you would like to schedule a meeting, have questions about the application, or need technical assistance, please email communitytechnology@seattle.gov. You can also reach out via phone call or text (206) 379-0469 to reach a Digital Equity Program staff member. 

Internet for All 

These funds are a key part of the City's Internet for All framework. The lack of access to internet-accessible devices and technical skills play a significant role in why some residents remain unconnected. Partnering with organizations that support communities in a holistic way is essential for reaching diverse populations that need digital support. Read the City of Seattle's Internet For All Strategies and Action Plan here

Information Technology

Jim Loter, Interim Chief Technology Officer
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 2700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94709, Seattle, WA, 98124-4709
Phone: (206) 684-0600
Phone Alt: Cable TV & Internet Discount Information: (206) 684-8498

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