Mobile Beacon accepting applications for digital-access grants

JOHNSTON – Mobile Beacon, a nonprofit that provides high-speed, low-cost internet access to facilities such as libraries, schools and hospitals, is accepting applications for two programs with grants valued at $18,000.

The grants will provide 25 laptops and 25 4G LTE mobile hot spots with free, mobile and unlimited 4G LTE internet access for one year.

Awarded every fall, Mobile Beacon’s Wi-Fly Digital Inclusion Grant helps community anchor institutions launch digital-inclusion programs. According to Mobile Beacon, former recipients of this grant have created hot-spot-lending programs to increase digital literacy among high school students; funded learning labs in libraries where patrons can learn coding; and provided homeless-population caseworkers with connectivity in Seattle.

The Wi-Fly Digital Inclusion Grant application deadline is Sept. 30.

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The Connect for Success grant aims to provide schools with technology to offer students digital educational resources in and out of the classroom. Some recipients of this grant have used it to provide connectivity on field trips, to design mobile learning labs and to create hot-spot lending for teachers or students who don’t have connectivity at home.

Connect for Success grants are awarded on a rolling basis. Applying by Aug. 31 is recommended for this round, according to Mobile Beacon.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.