SF Tech Council (SFTC) is pleased to announce it has awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to five local organizations as part of the Equity and Innovation Pilot Project. Funding for this project comes from Metta Fund to be administered by SFTC in partnership with Community Living Campaign.
The Equity and Innovation Pilot Project supports of community-based projects with seed money to accelerate digital inclusion work for and with seniors and/or adults with disabilities. The goal of this Project is to decrease social isolation and improve wellness outcomes in underserved communities through technology-based activities that increase digital access, digital literacy, or tech support.
Grant recipients include:
Curry Senior Center – to provide Vietnamese-language digital literacy and tech training in the Tenderloin neighborhood, including the provision of Android tablets with in-home support as needed and provision of connectivity for six months.
Family Caregiver Alliance – to reduce social isolation and loneliness among local Spanish-speaking caregivers by providing devices, connectivity, and training so they can participate in support groups, caregiver education and training, and increase peer interaction.
Felton Institute – to increase digital access to mental health services for older adult clients by using an intensive one-on-one coaching model. Digital access will also facilitate use of other telehealth services and reduce social isolation and loneliness through participation in virtual activities.
Mission Neighborhood Centers – to increase health and wellness outcomes for a group of mono-lingual, Latinx older adults and adults with disabilities by providing training, tablets, hot spots and Fitbit watches.
Televisit.org – to reduce isolation and loneliness among vulnerable older adults with cognitive impairment in the Chinese-speaking community by providing Android tablets and programming in Chinese that connects vulnerable older adults to each other and to scheduled programming.
These short-term projects will launch by the end April and conclude by mid-November. Throughout the grant period, the SF Tech Council will convene meetings among the grantees as a way to connect organizations with similar objectives, learn from each other, and share best practices. Throughout the year, SFTC will share updates on the projects and provide a report of learnings and outcomes in early 2022.