We have invited established nonprofits in the United States, India, and Morocco to join a pilot, four-month, virtual accelerator program to scale projects that improve digital equity for the communities they serve. Participants will receive funding, mentorship, training, and innovative technology as they develop their projects to pitch to major partners and funders at a culminating Demo Day. The program will launch on June 1, 2022.
Each participating organization will receive:
4 months of mentorship and training
More than USD $100,000 in cash grants
Innovative technology from HP
Applications for the summer 2022 cohort of the Digital Equity Accelerator closed on March 28, 2022, at 11:59pm ET. Please see eligibility criteria below. Additional information can be found on our About page.
Download our Application Guidelines for details.
All organizations must meet the following criteria to be considered:
- Perform work primarily aimed to benefit underserved communities in the United States, India, or Morocco
- Intend to improve digital equity for historically underserved communities in the areas of economic opportunity, education, and/or public health/healthcare
- Demonstrate impact in our target communities and areas of focus and are looking to expand programming into the digital equity space or scale existing programming
- Hold active legal registration as a nonprofit (or NGO) in the United States (501c3 or equivalent), India (FCRA), or Morocco
- Commit to completing all required sessions of the Accelerator (approximately 4-8 hours per week for at least one senior member of the nonprofit leadership team)
- Possess fluency in English
- Have consistent and reliable access to the internet
Digital equity includes:
- Access: Access to digital infrastructure (i.e., hardware, the internet), tools, and opportunities (including economic success, education, and public health/healthcare)
- Skills: Technical skills and training needed to compete for jobs of the future and take ownership over the development of emerging technologies that directly affect their communities
- Literacy: Resources for families across generations to better use and understand new technologies and platforms, navigate new media and online information, and better protect themselves and their digital rights
- Representation: Meaningful inclusion of the perspectives and lived experiences of underrepresented communities in all aspects of the digital economy, from input into product design, to culturally diverse visual representation on social platforms, to the hiring of more diverse talent
We are open to applications from those already working to advance digital equity in our target communities and those who are looking to expand their existing programs serving these communities into the digital equity space.
These groups may include:
- Women and/or girls
- Communities discriminated against due to ethnicity, race, or religion
- People with disabilities
- Aging populations
- Refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)
Have more questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.