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"PHLConnectED is part of the first stage of our larger digital equity initiative that supports internet adoption and digital literacy skills development for all Philadelphia residents. By focusing on pre-K-12 student households now, we can have an immediate impact in bridging the digital divide, especially to support distance learning for the 2020-2021 school year"

Mayor Jim Kenney, City of Philadelphia

PHLConnectED will connect up to 35,000 pre-K-12 student households with internet service. The program, through key partnerships with the School District of Philadelphia, select charter schools, and the Independence Mission schools, will also provide digital skills training and support.

There are two core components of PHLConnectED:

  • Wired, high-speed, reliable internet to the home from Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, or a high-speed mobile hotspot from T-Mobile for families who are housing-insecure or need a mobile internet solution.
  • Digital skills training and tech support.

The PHLConnectED program is possible thanks to collaboration among business and civic leaders who came together to support Philadelphia students.

Fall 2021 Grant Opportunities

CLOSED– PHLConnectED School-Based Caregiver Digital Supports

PHLConnectED is launching a grant cycle to foster and develop creative school-based digital support initiatives for pre-K-12 caregivers. This opportunity aims to better support pre-K-12 student households by providing funding for local education agencies, school/pre-K providers, school-based networks, and/or partnerships between schools/pre-K providers and community-based organizations to offer school-specific group and 1:1 digital support services to caregivers.

If you wish to apply for funding, please review the grant guidelines here: PHLConnectED School-Based Caregiver Digital Supports Grant

PHLConnectED School-Based Digital Supports Grant Info Session

PHLConnectED School-Based Caregiver Digital Supports Grant FAQs

CLOSED– PHLConnectED Caregiver Digital Literacy Initiative 

PHLConnectED – in partnership with the Digital Literacy Alliance (DLA) – is launching a grant cycle specifically geared to stand up digital literacy classes targeted to pre-K-12 caregivers. This opportunity aims to better support pre-K-12 student households by providing funding for community-based organizations (CBOs) and / or local education agencies (LEAs), schools, or school-based networks to offer a suite of gateway digital literacy courses to caregivers.

If you wish to apply for funding, please review the grant guidelines here:  Grant-Guidelines_FINAL

PHLConnectED Caregivers Grant Info Session

PHLConnectED Caregivers Grant Q&A