In partnership with Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) Office of the Future of Work, Serve Colorado has released a special Request for New Applications (RFA) that seeks applicants interested in establishing Digital Navigation AmeriCorps programs which address digital inequities.
Digital inclusion is considered a foundational social determinant of health, as it is the backbone to all of the others - economic stability, health care and education access, neighborhood and physical environment, and social and community wellbeing. Digital navigators will support our communities by addressing digital inequities through increased service and support, improved home connectivity and device access, and expanded digital skills training.
In March 2023, Serve Colorado signed an agreement with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to support the development of a statewide digital navigation program.
To read more about the Digital Equity, Literacy, and Inclusion Initiative within the Office of the Future of Work under CDLE, please visit: https://cdle.colorado.gov/digitalinclusion.
Additional Support from Comcast
Comcast is pleased to invest a total of $600,000 in financial and in-kind resources to partner with Serve Colorado and Colorado’s Office of the Future of Work in 2023 and 2024 to create and advance important digital equity initiatives in our local communities. Organizations selected to receive the state grants will be invited to apply for additional funds directly through Comcast to support digital navigator programs.
“Having access to the Internet along with the tools and information necessary to navigate the digital world have never been more critical to closing the opportunity gap, and strong partnerships that multiply our collective efforts and impact have never been more vital.” said J.D. Keller, Sr. Vice President Comcast Mountain West Region. “This collaboration builds on the work Comcast has been at for more than a decade; teaming with governments and local organizations throughout the State of Colorado to ensure more people have access to and are empowered to be connected to what matters most to them.”
Digital Navigator Special Competition Dates and Information
|Request for Application (RFA) Released||RFA Orientation Webinar||
Concept Paper Due Date
Individualized Technical Assistance on Full Grant Documents for Successful Concepts
|Full Set of Application Materials Due Date||AmeriCorps Member Earliest Start|
|March 16||March 31 @ 11:00 AM; Register Here||April 11||April 18 - May 1||May 3||August 2023|
NOTE: To be eligible to submit a concept paper in response to this Request, applicants must propose at least 7 Member Service Years per year (definition found in PY23 Digital Navigator AmeriCorps Request for New Applications below) and are able to dedicate a lone staff person most responsible for managing the proposed AmeriCorps program at no less than 0.9 FTE. Organizations that are interested in hosting AmeriCorps members as Digital Navigators but do not meet the threshold of 7 Member Service Years as outlined in the below Request for Applications (RFA) are encouraged to complete this Digital Navigator AmeriCorps Member Interest Form.
Digital Navigator Special Competition RFA, Instructions, and Additional Resources
Please submit your questions using the form below. To view previously asked questions, please reference the FAQ document under the resource section. This will be updated within one business day once a question is received.