2013 Investments

 

Grantee Partner

Amount

Description and Outcomes

Rural Broadband Infrastructure Deployment
Achieve Access for 98% of All Households

Telehealth – Telemedicine

University of California, Office of the President, UC Davis
California Telehealth Network (CTN)

$3,600,000
8 Years
Match For
$22.1M
From FCC

Establish the California Telehealth Network to provide health and medical care access by connecting more than 800 clinics and hospitals to medical centers, with an initial priority focus on rural sites and tribal lands. Promote telemedicine to improve access, quality and cost-effectiveness.

University of California, Merced
San Joaquin Valley eHealth Regional Visioning Project

$200,000
3 Years

Developed a telehealth-telemedicine network in cooperation with the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley as a major component of CTN. Surveyed and assessed more than 90 prospective sites and connected initial 5 facilities.

California Dental Association Foundation
Teledentistry for CTN

$25,000
1 Year

Explored the potential of integrating teledentistry into CTN and the feasibility of replicating the Virtual Dental Home Care Model via the CTN infrastructure.

Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education
VA Health Kiosks for CTN

$25,000
1 Year

Facilitated the research and integration of interactive health education and decision support kiosks developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs into the California Telehealth Network.

Demand Aggregation

Humboldt State Foundation
(Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties)
Redwood Coast Connect

$250,000
2 Years
Matched By Humboldt Area Foundation

Developed and implemented a prototype for the rural regional demand aggregation projects that engaged civic leaders, stakeholders and industry to: (a) quantify aggregated demand by anchor tenants, industry clusters, and residential areas, including price sensitivity; and (b) map infrastructure and other fixed assets that could be used to help deploy broadband service.

Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources, Inc.
(Amador, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Mariposa, Alpine Counties)
Gold Country Connect

$250,000
2 Years

Implemented a rural regional demand aggregation project that engaged civic leaders, stakeholders and industry to: (a) quantify aggregated demand and price sensitivity by anchor tenants, industry clusters, and residential areas; and (b) map infrastructure and fixed assets that could be used to help deploy broadband.

Sierra Economic Development Corporation
(Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Alpine Counties)
Central Sierra Connect

$250,000
2 Years

Implemented a rural regional demand aggregation project that engaged civic leaders, stakeholders and industry to: (a) quantify aggregated demand and price sensitivity by anchor tenants, industry clusters, and residential areas; and (b) map infrastructure and fixed assets that could be used to help deploy broadband.

Chico State University Foundation
(Butte, Tehama, Shasta, Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen, Plumas Counties)
Northeastern California Connect

$250,000
3 Years
Matched By
The McConnell Foundation

Implemented a rural regional demand aggregation project that engaged civic leaders, stakeholders and industry to: (a) quantify aggregated demand and price sensitivity by anchor tenants, industry clusters, and residential areas; and (b) map infrastructure and fixed assets that could be used to help deploy broadband.

Chico State University Foundation
(Lake, Glenn, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba Counties)
Upstate California Connect

$250,000
3 Years

Implemented a rural regional demand aggregation project that engaged civic leaders, stakeholders and industry to: (a) quantify aggregated demand and price sensitivity by anchor tenants, industry clusters, and residential areas; and (b) map infrastructure and fixed assets that could be used to help deploy broadband.

Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council
(Mono, Inyo, East Kern Counties)
Eastern Sierra Connect

$110,000
2 Years

Implemented a rural regional demand aggregation project that engaged civic leaders, stakeholders and industry to: (a) quantify aggregated demand and price sensitivity by anchor tenants, industry clusters, and residential areas; and (b) map infrastructure and fixed assets that could be used to help deploy broadband.

Technical Assistance for Rural Regional Consortia

Connected Nation
Technical Assistance for Rural Demand Aggregation

$50,000
2 Years

Provided training, templates and technical assistance for 7 Rural Regional Consortia to complete Demand Aggregation Projects and worked with industry and other stakeholders to attract broadband deployment into unserved and underserved communities.

Community Transformation and Workforce Development

City of Firebaugh*
Firebaugh Community Technology Collaborative

$633,000
3 Years

Delivered distance learning classes to 524 high school students for basic digital literacy and to 346 adults for workforce preparation. Educated and trained 2,513 middle school students, 56 teachers and 546 adults in basic digital literacy.

Urban Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Broadband Adoption
Achieve 80% Adoption Statewide and At Least 70% for Each Region and Population Group

Smart Housing

One Economy Corporation
Bring IT Home California

$1,400,000
4 Years

Promoted policies that provide incentives to build smart housing. Connected 8,871 low-income households to broadband and digital literacy training with a local customized website. Selected 9 underserved urban and rural areas to transform into model 21st Century Communities with digital inclusion programs.

Community Transformation and Workforce Development

Community Development Technologies Center
TechReady

$750,000
3 Years

Decreased the Digital Divide in the Vernon-Central community of Los Angeles having increased the competitiveness of 2,950 youth and adults through technology skills training to support economic development and placed 167 people in jobs

Community Christian College
My Blueprint for Life

$153,000
2 Years

Provided life skills, workforce readiness and job training for 75 out-of-school at-risk youth for self-sufficiency and economic empowerment.

Community Transformation and Digital Literacy Training

YMCA of the East Bay
Building Blocks for Kids
Family Inclusion Project

$520,000
3.5 Years

Developed and implemented a prototype plan to integrate broadband and digital literacy with a comprehensive health and human services intervention program to promote family and neighborhood self-sufficiency in the Iron Triangle of Richmond. The project trained 1,000 parents and delivered 1,000 computers to families as well as 50 to small businesses.

21st Century Communities (Casa Familiar, CD Tech, Los Angeles Housing Partnership, Inc., Mission Economic Development Corporation, New Economics for Women, Self-Help Enterprises)
Special Projects

$60,000
1 Year

Implement Digital Literacy programs in 6 communities across the state. Collectively, the 21st Century Communities will train 465 youth and 110 adults in Basic Digital Literacy classes, 410 adults on Internet navigation and job readiness, and 340 senior citizens on social media use. In addition, 350 affordable housing residents will be assessed on hardware and Digital Literacy needs.

Education and Digital Literacy Training

Centro Latino for Literacy
Los Angeles Countywide Spanish Literacy Campaign

$300,000
3 Years

Recruited, trained, and equipped 1,836 literate Spanish speakers to help 1,836 non-literate friends and family members learn to read and write in Spanish using web-based technology.

Computers for Youth
Take IT Home Project

$666,000
3 Years

Improved the home learning environment for 2,405 low-income middle-school students and their families by providing them with a home computer, workshops, top-notch educational software in core subjects, Internet access, and technical support designed to increase parents’ involvement in learning by their children.

Southeast Cities Development Corporation
Southeast Cities Technology Collaborative

$486,000
3 Years

Established a model broadband technology collaborative in the Southeast Los Angeles region. Increased access to broadband and the use of technology resources among 7 cities and communities by training 4,214 residents in order to improve the health and educational outcomes of residents. Distributed 580 computers and facilitated 643 new subscriptions to broadband.

The ACME Network
Arts and Animation Project

$680,000
3 Years

Provided online animation training and mentoring with industry employees to 28,378 low-income youth and 4,082 adults for a career in animation, game and design industries, and helped prepare 459 youth go to college. Trained 238 teachers.

Venice Arts
Beyond My Space

$140,000
2 Years

Harnessed interest in MySpace and YouTube to teach 1,122 youth to develop creative content (photography, film, multi-media) for mobile technology with Internet use while encouraging them to interact with others through art.

YMCA Greater Long Beach
Neighborhood Technology Learning Continuum

$550,200
3 Years

Taught high-end digital media skills to 3,000 elementary, 1,650 middle and 450 high school students through existing after-school networks and a nationally-recognized Summer Youth Institute.

Youth Policy Institute
Valley Family Technology Project

$292,000
4 Years

Provide computer literacy classes and computer systems to 362 families and introduce them to affordable broadband service options. Facilitated 200 broadband subscriptions. Implement School2Home at San Fernando Institute of Applied Media, a pilot middle school operated by Youth Policy Institute (YPI).

YMCA Greater Long Beach
(YMCA of Greater Long Beach, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, THINK Together, Anaheim Family YMCA,
YMCA of the Central Bay Area, YMCA of Cambria)
Youth Institute

$808,000
3 Years

Replicate the Youth Institute in 5 new agencies and teach
900 high school intermediate and advanced Digital Literacy skills and mentoring skills, and train 9,000 adults and 9,000 youth on basic Digital Literacy skills and the benefits of broadband, with the goal of facilitating a minimum of 1,100 new broadband subscriptions.

Computer Refurbishing and Job Training

EmpowerNet California
(Goodwill Industries – Fiscal Agent – *Members of Consortium)
EmpowerNet California

$250,000
2 Years

Developed a comprehensive web-based tool kit to assist non-profit organizations in underserved communities establish effective IT workforce development programs that are sustained, in part, through a social enterprise providing technical assistance to residents in the community. [http://empowernetcalifornia.org]

Stride Center*
Launching Communities Across California

$600,000
3 Years
$20,000
6 Months
EmpowerNet
Planning Grant

Increased broadband adoption in underserved communities in California through the expansion and replication of its successful program model for workforce development, tech support, and social enterprise business training in four additional communities. Trained 1,277 participants and placed 80% of those that graduated and were certified in jobs.

Goodwill Industries of
San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties*
ReCompute

$600,000
3 Years

Provided job training, computer technician training, and career placement assistance to 162 disadvantaged adults and distribute 1,735 refurbished computers to low-income Bay Area residents.

OCCUR*
East Bay Community Technology Catalyst

$600,000
4 Years

Provide basic computer training and broadband access to 1,385 residential units in Lion Creek Crossings, Foothill Family Homes and the surrounding community. Also complete workforce training (A+) for 30 adults in East Oakland.

Mission Language and Vocational School (MLVS)*
MLVS Technology Center

$150,000
1.5 Years

Offered affordable bilingual, culturally-competent computer and technology training to 167 low-income community members and small businesses in the San Francisco Mission District that includes an A+ Technician Repair and preparation for the Comp TIA A+ National Certification.

Oakland Technology Exchange West
(Marcus Foster Institute – Fiscal Agent)
Digital Inclusion Oakland

$300,000
3 Years

Provided refurbished computers, free training and technical support to 2,000 families or adults. Distributed 2,700 refurbished computers to the Oakland School District, and 300 refurbished computers to 5 newly established computer centers.

Tech Soup
Refurbished Computer Initiative

$500,000
2 Years

Scaled the Refurbished Computer Initiative program to provide non-profit organizations serving low-income individuals with an ongoing resource for quality, affordable, refurbished computers and training support. Delivered 9,000 computers with software and training resources to non-profits.

San Diego Futures Foundation
San Diego Broadband Initiative

$450,000
3 Years

Provided computers, software, training, and Internet access to 9,285 low-income families through partner agencies. Developed and launched Get Connected! in San Diego County.

iFoster
Get Connected! and Leadership Engagement Project

$300,000
3 Years

Expand the Get Connected! program, computer refurbishment and technical support programs by delivering 75,000 computers, facilitating 4,500 new broadband subscriptions, and assisting 10,000 vulnerable children and youth and their caregivers. Implement the Leadership Engagement project to garner support for community transformation strategies in 7 counties across California.

Emerging Markets

California Resources and Training, California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Asian Business Center
Small Business Consortium for Emerging Markets

$287,000
2 Years

Reached 3,644 small businesses in unserved and underserved communities to inventory their broadband use and needs, educated them about the benefits of broadband technology, and determined how to increase their broadband usage. Published final survey findings report and recommendations. This project became the foundation for the small business training offered by CARAT and partners in the ACT grant.

Latino Community Foundation
Community Consortium
for Emerging Markets

$25,000
6 Months

Engaged community-based organizations in a planning process to assess interest in developing a public-private partnership model with broadband providers to increase adoption in disadvantaged neighborhoods. This project became the foundation for the training offered by partners of LCF in the BAA grant.

Wireless Access and Digital Literacy Training

El Concilio of San Mateo County
WiFi 101

$750,000
3 Years

Increased broadband connectivity by expanding community wireless to 16,418 users. Trained 63 community members to provide tech support and offered workforce training with 30 placed in paid internships. Provided 2,700 refurbished computers to students.

Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation
Neighborhood Unplugged

$250,000
2 Years

Deployed 12 community wireless networks in residential buildings and business corridors in 3 low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods resulting in 9.224 new Internet users. Provided WiFi to 325 residential units with at least 300 unique users a day and provided technology-based training to 4,296 people. Promoted Get Connected! in Asian community.

Affordable Broadband Access

West Contra Costa Unified School District
Get Families Connected!

$20,000
1 Year

Outreach to families eligible for the Comcast Internet Essentials program to provide information and assist 800 families subscribe to affordable broadband service to support education improvement.

Accessibility and Universal Design for People With Disabilities
Achieve At Least 70% Adoption

Accessibility

California State University (CSU) Foundation
Accessible Technology Initiative

$750,000
3 Years

Promoted universal design and accessibility of digital technology, websites, and electronic instructional materials through the purchasing power of the 23-campus CSU system to benefit directly more than 10,000 students with disabilities and to assist other higher education institutions improve accessibility.

Center for Accessible Technology
Digital Inclusion Challenge

$455,000
3 Years

Increased website accessibility of 72 non-profit agencies, governments and companies by providing awareness education and spotlighting exemplary models at three annual award events with CETF with over 100 people in attendance each year.

Alliance for Technology Access
Loan Program Feasibility

$10,000
6 Months

Assessed need for a loan program to help people with disabilities purchase assistive technology or computers and concluded that it was not needed, but existing resources need better marketing.

Technical Assistance for Partners

World Institute on Disability
(Alliance for Technology Access, Center for Accessible Technology and World Institute on Disability)
The A-Team

$380,000
2.5 Years

Assessed and assisted 26 grantees learn about accessibility. Coached grantees to develop an Accessibility Plan to help remove barriers and improve the accessibility of their websites, programs, facilities, and communications. Assisted grantees serve 509 people with disabilities.

Public Policy and Public Awareness

Outcome Metrics for Accountability

Public Policy Institute of California
Annual Statewide Survey: Californians and Information Technology

$290,000
6 Years

Develop and conduct a statewide baseline survey starting 2008 on broadband adoption and use among 2,500 residents (land line and cell phones) in 5 languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese) to track progress annually through 2014.

Digital Literacy

LINK Americas Foundation
California Digital Literacy
Initiative

$100,000
3 Years

Assisted in implementation of the Digital Literacy Executive Order and development of iCALIFORNIA campaign to engage employers and stakeholders in increasing digital literacy.

Education Performance Improvement

The Children’s Partnership
(Tides Center – Fiscal Agent)
School2Home

$415,000
2 Years
Planning
$369,300
1 Year
Implementation

Recruited partners to design School2Home to close both the Achievement Gap and Digital Divide by integrating computing and broadband technology into teaching and learning at low-performing middle schools with a focus on school leadership, teacher professional development, and parent engagement and involvement. Launched School2Home in 2 beta schools.

California State University East Bay
School2Home Peer Review

$20,000
1 Year

Peer reviewed School2Home teacher professional development and parent training modules and facilitated engagement of CSU as a partner for future teacher preparation.

Smart Housing

Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California
Smart Housing Policy

$100,000
2 Years

Cultivated prospective Smart Housing champions within the affordable housing sector and organized an effective engagement and consultation process. Developed the Smart Housing Broadband Tool Kit with models for the installation, funding, and maintenance of broadband technology in affordable housing developments.

Smart Communities

Community Partners, California Community Technology Policy Group, BroadBand Institute of California
Wireless Comparative Analysis and Education Project

$250,000
1.5 Years

Completed an inventory of research, prepared 25 case studies and surveyed local governments to analyze and compare government-led wireless projects and identified lessons learned and promising practices, particularly related to digital inclusion. Published and distributed a Final Report (including a Checklist for local governments) titled Wired for Wireless?

Center for a New Orange County
Sample Broadband Policies for Local Governments

$50,000
2 Years

Completed an inventory of existing regional and local government policies and ordinances regarding advanced telecommunications and broadband and develop a sample model policy that can be incorporated into local General Plans and Regional Blueprints.

Public Awareness and Education

FirstMile.US
Get Connected!

$10,000
6 Months

Monitored and advised on the development of Get Connected! and proposed how to engage and mobilize community leaders.

211-LA
Get Connected! Hot Line

$100,000
1 Year

Supported the Get Connected! pilot in Los Angeles by developing protocol to assist 211 callers identify and locate broadband and computer services. Assisted 28,989 callers and referred 9,989 callers to additional digital literacy training and services.

The Salvation Army
Get Connected! Pico Union

$100,000
1 Year

Promoted Get Connected! in the Pico Union area of the City of Los Angeles, conducted a Community Connect Fair reaching 11,200 people through the media and 4,800 at the Fair raising their awareness on the benefits of broadband; provided basic Digital Literacy to 903 adults and assisted 494 households subscribe to broadband.

Regional Broadband Technology Collaboratives

Community Foundation for Monterey County
Central Coast Tri-County Broadband Consortium

$5,000
1 Year
Matched By
Community Foundation for Monterey County

Established a Broadband Regional Consortium including CSU Monterey Bay, UC Santa Cruz, Association of Monterey Bay Governments, Monterey Bay Business Council, Community Foundation for Monterey County, and other key stakeholders to promote broadband deployment in unserved communities and accelerate adoption throughout the region.

Valley Vision
Sacramento Metro Broadband Collaborative

$5,000
1 Year
Matched By
Sacramento Community Foundation

Established a Broadband Regional Consortium including Valley Vision, Sacramento Community Foundation, SACOG, Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and Sierra Health Foundation to promote broadband adoption in the region.

Contra Costs Economic Partnership
East Bay Regional Broadband Strategy Project

$5,000
Matched By
East Bay Community Foundation
The Lesher Foundation

Established a Broadband Regional Consortium for Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano Counties in partnership with the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, Contra Costa Council and Economic Partnership, and Solano Economic Development Corporation.

San Bernardino Economic Development Agency
Inland Empire Broadband Regional Consortium

$5,000
Matched By
City of
San Bernardino EDA

Established a Broadband Regional Consortium for the Inland Empire, comprised of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, in partnership with SmartRiverside and the Alliance for Commercialization

This summary matrix of grants is organized to provide an overview of the CETF approach to closing the Digital Divide. Grants are listed according to major strategies within priority consumer groups. Within strategies, grants are generally listed in time sequence. Grants shaded in gray have been completed. Please see the CETF website for an alphabetical listing of grantees and Final Reports from completed grants.