Together with local partners, donors, community leaders and municipalities, ECCF will invest more than $2 million to Advance Digital Equity in Essex County – empowering thousands of residents with the ACCESS, TOOLS AND LEARNING to fully participate in the digital world.
vision for change
By working collaboratively with our communities to empower thousands of Essex County residents with the access, tools and learning to fully participate in the digital world, we aim to achieve:
IMPACT ON PEOPLE:
- 10,000 households and businesses are connected with free or affordable ACCESS to the internet
- 5,000 people have reliable DEVICES to connect to the digital world
- 1,000 people and businesses can successfully use their devices to NAVIGATE the internet
IMPACT ON THE ECOSYSTEM:
- 100+ for-profit, nonprofit and government partners will work together to deliver digital solutions that improve the lives of people across the county
- A strong ecosystem is in place to tackle identified systems solutions that improve digital equity to Essex County for the long term
As an essential step towards addressing these inequities, ECCF partnered with the Center for State Policy Analysis at Tisch College, Tufts University to produce a baseline analysis of how the digital divide impacts each of Essex County’s 34 cities and towns.
COLLABORATIVE ACCELERATOR GRANTS
Funding available to encourage collaboration to pilot or build new solutions to advance digital equity in Essex County.
- Partnership grant opportunities will be announced in late 2021
DIGITAL EQUITY ECOSYSTEM
Forming a cross-sector learning coalition to build the civic and human infrastructure necessary to create and implement county-wide digital equity solutions.
initiative launch event
On June 10, 2021, at the conclusion of ECCF’s Rising Together event, nearly 150 people joined a live Zoom session to learn the details of ECCF’s $2 million dollar plan to advance digital equity in Essex County.
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digital equity news
On June 1, 2021, 65 members of a new coalition that will work together to advance digital equity in Essex County met for the first time to jumpstart the collaborative work to get every resident online and engaged in the digital world.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tatianna, a participant in North Shore Community Development Coalition’s YouthBuild program, said she and her brother would have to take turns attending remote classes because their WiFi wasn’t sufficient enough for both of them to be connected at the same time.
The Essex County Community Foundation on Thursday announced a $2 million initiative to help thousands of residents who lack access to a computer or an internet connection.
As chief program officer of nonprofit North Shore Community Development Coalition (CDC), Felicia Pierce meets many Essex County residents who lack some of life’s most basic necessities, including access to the internet. According to a recent report commissioned by ECCF, nearly 60,000 households in Essex County do not have access to a high-speed internet connection, a service that surpassed being a “nice-to-have” a long time ago.
The Daily News’ April 12 editorial, “Bridging the digital divide,” shines a critical spotlight on the impact of the digital divide in communities north of Boston, and the work of organizations like the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), which is convening a broad-based effort to provide residents with the digital devices, internet connectivity, and skills training they need to participate in our increasingly digital world.
On April 7, 2021, ZurickDavis was joined by ECCF's Beth Francis and Stratton Lloyd to talk about ECCF's study and work in advancing digital equity in Essex County. Learn more and watch the presentation here.
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