Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund

Fund Description: 

The Kansas City region has emerged as a global leader in the new digital economy. But far too many residents are excluded from the economic, education, health, social and cultural benefits of the digital age because they haven’t adopted or don’t use the Internet at home. With a strong history of entrepreneurialism, vibrant community spirit, and development of a first-of-its-kind high speed fiber network, Kansas City is uniquely positioned to undertake high impact digital inclusion initiatives to close the region’s digital divide.

Contact Person: 
Matthew Fuller / fuller@growyourgiving.org / 816.627.3420


Working to close the Digital Divide:
The challenge: Recent data show that 25 percent of Kansas Citians don't have broadband at home, and 17 percent don't use the Internet at all. When asked why they aren't online, non-users cite two main reasons: lack of relevance and lack of access. A copy of the report conducted by Google in 2012 can be found here

The opportunity: The Digital Inclusion Fund will support local projects that provide computer access; make it easy to get online; help make the Internet relevant, exciting, and beneficial for new users; and increase people's digital skills. 

The Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund is proud to receive support from key partners such as Google Fiber, Sprint Foundation, The Illig Family Foundation, Polsinelli, Global Prairie, JE Dunn, and the Kauffman Foundation. 

Important Update: The Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund is no longer awarding grants. It was originally designed to fund three cycles of grants; thanks to generous supporters, the program was able to run five cycles. While it is possible for funders to reinvest and resume grant-making, there are no plans for that at this time.

2013 Grantees:
In 2013 the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund received 50 applications requesting approximately $1.8 million in total funding. The following organizations were awarded grants in 2013.

  • Connecting for Good - Digital Inclusion Support Program, $35,000
  • Kansas City Public Library District - Mobile Digital Media Lab for Youth, $98,400
  • Trinity Community Church - Digital Access KCK, $60,500
  • Hispanic Economic Development Council - Digital Life Skills Training for Low-Income Latinos, $75,100
  • ArtsTech - Digital Connectors Intergenerational Project, $35,000

2014 Grantees:
In 2014 the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund received 25 applications requesting approximately $1.15 million in total funding. The following organizations were awarded grants in 2014.

  • Connecting for Good - Digital Inclusion Support Program, $25,000
  • Kansas City Public Library District - Mobile Digital Media Lab for Youth, $45,000
  • Trinity Community Church - Digital Access KCK, $15,000
  • Hispanic Economic Development Council - Digital Life Skills Training for Low-Income Latinos, $20,000
  • ArtsTech - Digital Connectors Intergenerational Project, $15,000
  • Literacy Kansas City - Digital Life Skills Program, $10,000

2015 Grantees:
In 2015 the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund received 25 applications requesting approximately $1.2 million in total funding. The following organizations were awarded grants in 2015.

  • Connecting for Good - Digital Inclusion Support Program, $50,000.00
  • Kansas City Public Library District - Mobile Digital Media Lab for Youth, $75,000.00
  • Trinity Community Church - Digital Access KCK, $15,000
  • Hispanic Economic Development Council - Digital Life Skills Training for Low-Income Latinos, $20,000
  • ArtsTech - Digital Connectors Intergenerational Project, $15,000
  • Literacy Kansas City - Digital Life Skills Program, $16,000
  • reStart, Inc. - Youth Emergency Shelter Digital Inclusion, $9,000

2016 Grantees:
In 2016, the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund received 25 applications requesting approximately $1.14 million in total funding. The following organizations were awarded grants in 2016.

  • Connecting for Good - Connecting for Good Training Expansion, $40,000.00
  • Housing Services of Kansas City, Inc. - ConnectHome KC Digital Literacy Training, $20,000.00
  • Literacy Kansas City - Digital Instruction Expansion, $30,000.00
  • reStart, Inc. - Digital Literacy program, $10,000.00

2017 Grantees:
In 2017, the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund received 19 applications requesting approximately $648,000 in total funding. The following organizations were awarded grants in 2017.

  • Alphapointe-Digital Skills Training for the Visually Impaired, $25,000.00
  • Connecting for Good-Improving Lives Through Digital Fluency, $40,000.00
  • Footprints Inc-Digital Literacy Training, $10,000.00
  • Housing Services of Kansas City, Inc.-ConnectHomeKC Digital Literacy Training, $10,000.00
  • Kansas City Public Library-KCPL Tech Coach Volunteer Program, $20,000.00
  • Literacy Kansas City-Digital Literacy and Accessibility Expansion Project, $30,000.00
  • reStart, Inc.-Young Mothers Digital Technology Lab, $15,000.00
  • Women's Employment Network-WEN Job Search Lab, $24,130.00