The Grant for Technology Opportunities Program (GTOPs) is a grant administered by the Digital Inclusion Program directed at improving the community's ability to fully participate in the digital society. GTOPs offers individual grants of $10,000 to $25,000.
Grant applications are reviewed and assessed by a panel of qualified community representatives appointed by the Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission, which has final approval over recipient selection. In FY 2017, GTOPs grants were awarded to nine organizations.
New in FY18 is the availability of devices to supplement the financial award. For the FY18 GTOPs cycle, 269 refurbished Dell Optiplex desktops (towers only, no screen or peripherals) are available for request. The units will have 4GB of RAM, a minimum of 160GB of hard drive space, and at least an Intel i3 processor. Windows 10 and Microsoft Office Suite can be pre-installed for $6 per license requested (GTOPs funds cannot be requested to cover the cost of the licenses). Device grants will be between 10 and 30 units per grantee.
GTOPs 2018 Award Pathways
A letter of interest and application for GTOPs 2018 must align to one of three pathways:
1.Funding ($10,000 to $25,000)
2.Devices and Funding (10-30 devices, $10,000 to $25,000)
3.Devices (10-30 devices)
A community where all citizens have access to the internet, devices and knowledge needed to fully participate in digital society
To provide matching grant funds to Austin organizations for projects that create digital opportunities and promote digital equity in innovative ways.
- Increase use of digital and communications technology devices
- Increase knowledge and skills of digital and communications technology
- Increase access to and usage of the Internet