United Way of Greater Cincinnati Announces Digital Equity Grantees

Funding will support device access and digital skills programming.
April 30, 2024
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Contact: media@uwgc.org

CINCINNATI (April 29, 2024) – United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) is proud to announce the organizations selected to receive funding through a new Digital Equity Grant Program. Grantees were selected for their impressive commitment to digital equity and their capacity to expand digital skills programming quickly.

UWGC’s Digital Equity Grant complements Hamilton County’s investment in public broadband infrastructure. United Way’s program is for organizations and programs that bridge the digital divide by fostering inclusivity and accessibility.

“We are encouraged by the innovation and commitment to digital inclusion demonstrated by these grantees,” said Moira Weir, UWGC President and CEO. “Bridging the digital divide requires a truly collaborative effort, so we are proud to support programs and initiatives that help all people in our community build the digital skills necessary to thrive in a modern, connected world.”

  • Adams Brown Counties Economic Opportunities Inc.: Expanding its Digital Literacy Program, creating individualized plans to give families access to skills, devices and the internet.
  • Bluebird Bus Of Hope: Bringing digital skills, devices and internet access into rural eastern communities in Southwest Ohio.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati: Expanding its digital skills-building work to kids in its Kenton County Club.
  • CincySmiles Foundation: Expanding its existing Connecting the Community Program.
  • Center for Employment Opportunities Inc.: Existing programming that adds digital skills-building into job readiness training for justice-impacted people. 
  • Forever Kings Inc.: Providing the Forever Kings Hub with devices for its digital skills-building program aimed at boys and young men of color.
  • Found Village: Ensuring young people in the child welfare system have access to a device and learn critical safety lessons about online privacy.
  • Heartfelt Tidbits: Funding its Family Tech Learning program that creates holistic plans for families, including adult ESL, job/computer training and children's literacy training. 
  • IKRON Corporation: Expanding its T.E.C.H.S. (Teaching Everyone Computer Habits and Skills) program, aimed at providing digital navigators for historically marginalized families.
  • Recovery Center of Hamilton County; Queen City Clubhouse Program: Bringing devices and skill-building to people with a history of serious mental illness working on their recovery. 
  • Revive Black: Funding its existing Digital Leap Accelerator – eight weeks of live, in-depth sessions to bridge the digital divide and empower historically underrepresented populations with essential digital skills.
  • Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses: Providing digital skills and device access in the West End.
  • Meals on Wheels of Southwest OH & Northern KY: Expanding its existing Digital Connect Program that links Digital Connect Coordinators with older adults at or below 200% of the poverty line.

UWGC extends its thanks to all organizations that applied for this opportunity. We appreciate your commitment to empowering diverse populations to navigate the digital landscape with confidence and competence. We look forward to working together to build a community where all people can thrive – now and in the future.

About United Way of Greater Cincinnati

United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) fights for the economic well-being of all people in Greater Cincinnati so our entire community can thrive – now and in the future. Founded in 1915, UWGC is one of the region’s largest nonprofit organizations. It is committed to working alongside policymakers, community partners and donors to promote educational success, financial empowerment and housing security. Learn more about UWGC’s work across nine counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at UWGC.org. #UnitedWeThrive

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