Boosting digital skills training in rural counties in Missouri.

KC Digital Drive has been awarded a $25,000 grant through the Missouri Department of Economic Development, funded by the 2021 Digital Equity Act, as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to expand the ability of community organizations across the state of Missouri to include digital training, access to devices and navigation resources for affordability programs to their service offerings. The Digital Demonstration Projects Grant Program tapped MO Goes Tech among its ten (10) selected projects with the potential to determine what activities most effectively improve digital equity and inclusion in the state.

MO Goes Tech aims to expand the capacity of community-service organizations with established client relationships to add digital training and navigation to their service offerings, including enrollment in the Affordable Connectivity Program and access to computers or tablets to ensure their clients have the tools they need to fully participate in the digital economy. 

The program will identify seven (7) direct service organizations providing social, human, or economic services to rural populations in the state of Missouri that could benefit from an expanded digital access and literacy component to their existing client offerings. 

Eligible organizations are invited to apply for the first MO Goes Tech cohort, and each selected organization will receive a $2,000 microgrant that includes $1,000 for a stipend for the staff trainer and $1,000 is unrestricted funds to boost digital service capacity. 

Deadline to apply is June 2, 2023. For more information or to apply – click here.

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