Digital Literacy Alliance

The Digital Literacy Alliance is a broad coalition of institutional stakeholders working to alleviate the digital divide in Philadelphia. The coalition develops strategy, manages an existing seed fund, raises additional funding and oversees funded programs with the assistance of relevant stakeholders and committee members.

The goals of the Digital Literacy Alliance are:

  • To provide financial support to programs in Philadelphia that work to address issues of digital literacy and inclusion
  • To serve as a convener of stakeholders and partners from diverse sectors who are invested and interested in closing the digital divide in Philadelphia
  • To be a resource for best practices and innovations in digital literacy programming and policy-making

The Alliance defines digital literacy as, “the ability to access technology and the Internet and use those tools to find, evaluate, share and create content.”

As of January 2017, the Digital Literacy Alliance has a seed fund of $850,000, comprised of a $500,000 grant from Comcast and a $350,000 grant from Verizon (The Verizon portion has been earmarked for youth programming). The Alliance plans to leverage this existing money to raise additional funds for future grant opportunities.

If you wish to apply for funding from the Digital Literacy Alliance, please review the grant guidelines here:  2017 DLA Grant Guidelines_final

For a list of frequently asked questions about the Digital Literacy Alliance, please click here: DLA FAQ

For a powerpoint overview of the Digital Literacy Alliance and 2017 Grant Opportunities, click here: DLA Power Point

The Digital Literacy Alliance Coalition is comprised of the following organizations: 

Office of Innovation & Technology
Mayor’s Policy Office
Office of Adult Education
Fund for Philadelphia/Mayor’s Office of Grants
City Council
University of Pennsylvania
Temple University
Drexel University
Knight Foundation
Asian Americans United
Philadelphia FIGHT
Media Mobilizing Project
People’s Emergency Center
The Welcoming Center
School District of Philadelphia