12 local institutions awarded grants to promote digital literacy

Hadas Kuznits
August 09, 2018 - 6:41 pm
Digital Literacy Alliance grant winners 2018

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A dozen local organizations received grants Thursday for their work in helping diverse populations understand how to use technology. 

Mayor Jim Kenney presented the second annual Digital Literacy Alliance grants at a ceremony held at the Free Library of Philadelphia, which encourages the development of digital literacy skills and to share those skills in communities while remaining competitive candidates in the workforce.

"This year, the Digital Literacy Alliance has granted 12 awards for both innovation and sustainability to a mix of established and emerging organizations working with diverse communities across the city," he said. "It's important to support organizations that are dedicated to helping Philadelphians of all ages and backgrounds become digital innovators, educators and leaders."

Andrew Buss, deputy chief information officer for innovation management within Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology, noted how everything is digital nowadays. Without the basic knowledge of interacting in the digital world, he said it can be a struggle for people to do everyday activities.

"Whether it's looking for work, looking for health information. One of the things we're trying to do is to really find new ways for residents to interact in meaningful ways with technology," he said.

Buss said the grant recipients vary, and that is intentional.

Digital Literacy Alliance grant winners 2018
City of Philadelphia

"There's one that's interesting called Supportive Older Women's Network, and the idea with that organization is that they support grandparents who are raising grandchildren. We have a couple organizations that are funded primarily for immigrant communities," he explained.

As of February, the Digital Literacy Alliance maintains a fund of $675,000. Innovation grants were awarded up to $25,000, and sustainability grants up to $10,000.