Institute Receives Grant to Aid in Philadelphia's Census Effort

November 2019

On November 1, 2019, the City of Philadelphia announced that the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education is among eight organizations selected to support the outreach efforts of Philly Counts 2020, the City's census initiative. Grants from the Digital Literacy Alliance (DLA) have been awarded to organizations using technology to improve census participation.

Mayor Kenney with Dr. Sally Gould-Taylor and Eva Weiss, others from Libery Resources
Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney (center) is pictured with from left to right Dr. Sally Gould-Taylor and Eva Weiss from the Institute and Liam Dougherty and Lauren Alden from Liberty Resources.

"Through their grants program, the Alliance has been an important part of our efforts to promote digital literacy and bridge the gap in our communities in terms of access to technology and the internet," said Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney. "These digital literacy grants are being awarded to a mix of established and emerging organizations that are working in diverse neighborhoods, and that are employing unique strategies to encourage participation in the upcoming census."

The Institute and partner Liberty Resources, Inc will lead the project "Census2020 Counts Philadelphians with Disabilities," working to reach Philadelphians with disabilities—especially those within low-income, marginalized populations—and directly engage them with 2020 Census education and efforts.

This is the third round of DLA grants, and eight local groups are receiving funding. Launched in 2017, the Digital Literacy Alliance is a broad coalition of institutional stakeholders working to alleviate the digital divide in Philadelphia. The eight winners were chosen from among 38 submissions to the grant-making opportunity announced in June. This year's grants range from $13,000 to $40,000.

"The 2020 Census will be particularly challenging because much of the process—from finding workers and training them, to completing the census form itself—will be handled online," said Stephanie Reid, Executive Director of Philly Counts 2020. "These online requirements make digital access and literacy a critical component of the upcoming census process. So, we are thrilled that the DLA focused this grant cycle on creative ways that technology might improve census participation."

Representatives from all grantees gather with Mayor Kenney
Representatives from all grantees gather with Mayor Kenney.

The other 2019 Digital Literacy Alliance Grant awardees are:

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