City of Bloomington awards 2022 Digital Equity Grants funds to 11 area nonprofits

BLOOMINGTON – The City of Bloomington Information & Technology Services Department (ITS) announced the 2022 Digital Equity Grants awards to support organization efforts of Bloomington-based nonprofits to bridge the digital divide and increase digital resources for residents.

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Now in its third year, this grant program began as part of Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative to help Bloomington recover from the pandemic and economic collapse, and advance racial, economic, and climate justice. Starting in 2022 these grants are funded from the ITS Department’s regular annual budget.

“Bridging the digital divide is an imperative toward greater equity in our community,“ said Mayor John Hamilton. “Partnering with these creative and effective nonprofits is an important step across that divide. We are happy to take that step together.” 

The Digital Equity Grants program awarded eleven area nonprofits a total of $50,000 in 2022, an increase from nine nonprofits in 2021. This year’s recipients, programs supported, and grant amounts follow:

  • Alexandra’s Army, Internet Safety Training, $4,000
  • Area 10 Agency on Aging, Creating Digital Literacy Opportunities and Tackling Social Isolation in the World of COVID, $6,000
  • Artisan Alley, Wi-Fi Mill/Tech Education, $4,100
  • Courage to Change Sober Living, Breaking Down Digital Divide Barriers for Those Suffering from Substance Use Disorders, $5,500
  • Farmer House Museum/TechHeroes, Bloomington Stories, $4,000
  • Hotels for Hope, Long Term Access to Technology and Skill Building for Those Experiencing Homelessness, $5,500
  • Monroe County Public Library, Enhancing the Circulating iPad Collection at Monroe County Public Library, $3,800
  • My Sister’s Closet, Providing 21st Century Life Skills Training with Up-to-Date Electronics, $5,700
  • New Leaf New Life, Expanded Computer & Internet Access, $4,000
  • Robin & Trisha’s House, Inc, Access to Skill Building Internet Services and Computing Devices for Individuals Currently Overcoming Homelessness, $3,300
  • South Central Community Action Program, Digital Action Plan for Thriving Connections Families, $4,100
Information and Technology Services Director Rick Dietz

“In this third year of the City’s Digital Equity Grants initiative we’ve been gratified to see an increase in organizations applying for these grants,” said Information and Technology Services Director Rick Dietz. “Bloomington nonprofits are playing a key role in addressing the community challenges identified in the City’s Digital Equity Strategic Plan and we are grateful for their partnership in this important effort.”

The Digital Equity Grants program sought proposals from nonprofits for projects that build capacity in the community to address digital equity challenges, in the following ways:  

  • Facilitate access to broadband services
  • Increase access to computing devices to effectively use the internet
  • Cultivate the knowledge, familiarity, and digital skills needed to secure the benefits of the internet and digital technology
  • Mitigate community digital equity gaps identified in the City’s digital equity survey, the results of which are available at

“The Digital Equity Grant has helped us provide invaluable resources to hundreds of clients that will continue to make a positive impact in our community for years to come and they are continuing to do it again this year!” said Katie Norris, Executive Director of Hotels for Hope. “We could never have helped so many people in such a fast-paced and continuous way without the help of a Digital Equity Grant!” 

More information is available at