The city of Bloomington, Ind., has awarded a total of $50,000 as part of its 2023 Digital Equity Grants program to 13 area nonprofits that will focus on bridging the digital divide and increasing digital resources for residents.
As part of the fourth year of Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative, the awards will also help “Bloomington recover from the pandemic and economic collapse, and advance racial, economic, and climate justice.”
“With the Digital Equity Grant program, the city partners with nonprofits in our community who provide creative solutions to bridging the digital divide,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “Thanks to the hard work of these organizations, our community continues to move toward greater digital equity.”
The funds for these grants will come from the Information & Technology Services (ITS) Department’s regular annual budget.
The award winners include the following:
- Area 10 Agency on Aging;
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington;
- Community Justice and Mediation Center;
- Courage to Change Sober Living;
- Middle Way House;
- Monroe County Community School Corporation Adult Education;
- Monroe County United Ministries;
- Indiana Recovery Alliance;
- New Leaf, New Life;
- Pantry 279;
- Sojourn House;
- Summit Hill Community Development Corporation; and
- Wheeler Mission.
“We are grateful for the increasing interest from local organizations in applying for these grants,” said Information and Technology Services Director Rick Dietz. “The City’s 2020 Digital Equity Strategic Plan identified several areas of Digital Equity challenges, and we greatly appreciate being able to partner with so many great local organizations to meet these challenges head-on.”