Digital Equity

Focus Areas
Media Training
Immigrant Voices
Representation in Media
Media Policy
Digital Literacy

Access to digital technology is a critical need in today’s democracy and our media-saturated information society. IPMF’s Digital Equity program aims to help communities get and stay connected to the internet and access the information and resources they need to have agency and thrive.

The program supports projects and organizations that expand broadband internet access (through policy, advocacy, mesh networks, etc.); expands access to digital technology and hardware; and increases knowledge around how to navigate digital technology and content (digital literacy, media literacy).

What We Support

    Projects

    $55,000 - Awarded August 2021

    Focus areas
    Digital Literacy
    Description

    To provide access to cellphone and consecutive online access to housing insecure sex workers in Philadelphia, which will expand access to social services, medical care, support networks, above ground jobs, and safer and more autonomous ways of accessing work in the underground economy.

    $75,000 - Awarded August 2021

    Focus areas
    Community-Owned Internet
    Description

    To build the capacity of Black, brown and poor-people's organizations to advocate for the broadband and digital inclusion resources they need from the federal infrastructure and other stimulus, to build the ability of those groups to prevent those federal dollars from funding racist, oppressive technology and surveillance, and to support those groups to organize to win the federal resource distribution they determine is just on these issues. Recipient of the 2021 Digital Equity Fund grant.

    $30,000 - Awarded August 2021

    Focus areas
    Digital Literacy
    Description

    To provide internet access, digital devices, and technology teaching and support services to low-income South Philadelphia residents who are impacted by environmental racism.

    $75,000 - Awarded August 2021

    Focus areas
    Digital Literacy
    Youth
    Representation in Media
    Description

    Through the 2021 Digital Equity grant, the Equity Project will provide Kensington's majority Black and brown community with access to state of art technology and broadband internet, the skill-building and knowledge needed to navigate digital content and technology, and the media grassroots organizing tools to empower community members, youth and old, to be leaders and advocates for their families and community.

    $50,000 - Awarded May 2021

    Focus areas
    Media Policy
    Description

    This one-year grant will support an assessment of 2,500 residents to understand the number of households currently without internet or relying on unstable, low bandwidth options, as a way to benchmark the city's progress towards closing the digital divide.

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