- Program Education
- Program Area Building Organized Communities
- Grant Amount $200,000
- Grant Period July 1, 2002–June 30, 2004
- Location New York, NY, United States
- Geographic Focus United States
About this grant
The digital divide between middle- and low-income communities is well-documented. In addition, the digital divide affects organizations in those communities, resulting in a lack of civic participation; a lack of sophistication in the use of technology; diminished communications to reach and locate new allies; and diminished ability to collectively engage in advocacy efforts. In 1998, the Low Income Networking and Communications (LINC) project was created to improve the vision and connections of organizations on limited budgets.Multiyear funding will enable LINC to assist more than 150 low-income groups across the country with technology infrastructure, research strategies and networking through computers. Objectives include equipping community groups and their constituents with advanced technology; designing innovative applications in collaboration with community groups; maintaining and expanding listserv and Web site services to provide content-driven infrastructure; developing leaders with the capacity to use technology; and partnering with intermediaries for technical assistance and grantmaking.The Welfare Law Center, established in 1995, supports organizing efforts among low-income groups working on welfare issues and protecting legal rights.