Connect2Compete, a public-private partnership dedicated to closing the digital divide, has announced a $3 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in support of its activities, including a collaboration with local stakeholders in Knight communities.
The funds will count toward C2C's initial fundraising goal of $20 million to provide low-cost Internet access, digital literacy training, and refurbished computers to low-income families. Earlier this year, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim's foundation contributed $3 million over three years to the partnership.
Founded in 2011, C2C aims to narrow the digital divide by making high-speed Internet access, computers, education and jobs content, and digital literacy training more accessible for families without Internet connections at home. The effort counts more than forty nonprofit and private-sector partners, including Best Buy, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Urban League, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
"Low-income and minority Americans disproportionately find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide — excluded from the $8 trillion digital economy and all of its benefits. So, it is extremely gratifying to have the long-term support of the Knight Foundation to bridge that divide," said Zach Leverenz, CEO of C2C. "Connect2Compete, like the Knight Foundation, is committed to an ideal: that when citizens have access to technology and training, incredible transformation can occur in their lives and in our economy."