The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Comcast today announced a new $1.5 million grant awards program – Talent for Tomorrow: Digital Equity Challenge (The Challenge).This joint initiative will support the launch and expansion of local workforce programs designed to grow college and career readiness, close the digital skills gap, advance economic mobility, and lay the foundation for generational wealth in under-resourced communities.
Talent for Tomorrow: Digital Equity Challenge
Internet connectivity and digital skills are central to every part of life and key to advancing economic mobility. This joint initiative of the USCM and Comcast’s Project UP will support and expand digital training programs across the country.
The Challenge will award a total of $1.5 million in digital equity grants to 10 cities through a competitive process. An independent panel of judges selected by USCM will review applications and select winners. Winning cities will be announced at USCM’s Annual Meeting in June 2024.
- Three (3) large cities will each receive $250,000 grants
- Three (3) medium-sized cities will each receive $150,000 grants
- Four (4) small cities will each receive $75,000 grants
Cities in Washington State may find more information about The Challenge grant program here. This partnership is a part of Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach tens of millions of people through programs and community partnerships that connect people to the Internet, advance economic mobility, and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers, and creators.
“Now, more than ever, mayors are focused on improving digital access and training in cities to build a stronger, more diverse, more equitable and inclusive workforce in America,” said U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran. “The Talent for Tomorrow Challenge we are launching in partnership with Comcast reaffirms our joint commitment to economic opportunity and mobility. We must ensure that no one is left behind due to a lack of opportunity or access to the vital technology that drives the economy.”
“Collaboration across the public, philanthropic, corporate, and nonprofit sectors is essential to meet the challenges of achieving digital equity,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation. “In our ever-increasing digital economy, targeted development programs are key to closing the skills gap, spurring quality job placement and achieving the large-scale economic growth that builds generational wealth. Through this Challenge, we are proud to deepen our partnership with Mayors to help cities compete and thrive in today’s economy.”
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