Digital Equity and Inclusion Grant
OSPI recognizes that not every classroom or student has access to a high-speed Internet connection and other up-to-date teaching and learning technologies.
An essential part of implementing OSPI’s educational technology standards is advocating for sufficient funding for all districts to help close opportunity gaps related to educational technology. Through the legislative support of House Bill 1365, OSPI will soon provide grants focused on digital equity and inclusion to support these standards.
Digital Equity & Inclusion Grants
The grant is non-competitive, so rolling approvals will happen at deadlines. Awards will be given after review from each deadline until funding is spent. If funding remains, after August 1, a new deadline will be added. Districts unable to spend funding should return the excess to support funding for other districts.
Anticipated Application Deadlines
The following anticipated application deadlines, for Fiscal Year 2023, are for requesting funds that can be spent between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
- Deadline #1: June 24, 2022
- Deadline #2: July 15, 2022
- Deadline #3: August 1, 2022
These grants aim to:
- Support digital learning environments
- Grow and support 1:1 device programs
- Provide access to training in inclusionary practices
- Support English Language Learners and Special Education with adaptive technologies
- Support students in accessing high-quality learning environments without physical limitations
- Provide sustainability by creating frameworks, allowing for more staffing and professional development for equity and inclusionary practices
- Washington State public, charter, and tribal compact schools.
- Washington State School districts.
- Education Service districts serving Washington State.
- Washington Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth.
- Washington State School for the Blind.
Applications are only accepted using the iGrants system, FP188 (Form Package 188). You must log into iGrants to access and submit an application.
- Please complete Assurances & Questions Template, then copy and paste your answers into iGrants.
- A technology planning document is required as requested by HB 1365. Use the Technology Planning Template to complete this request. The Sample Technology Plan is available for reference.
The Awardees and Allocations list only the districts that were funded. These awards and allocations are public record and reflect current allocations as of May 24, 2022.
In its first cycle, the Digital Equity & Inclusion Grant awarded $9.5 million dollars to 42 school districts and 4 ESDs. Primarily the awards focused on 1:1 device programs, allocating 4.5 million dollars towards student devices. These allocations helped the district to be fully 1:1 by completing their device fleet or replacing obsolete devices. Some districts also utilized these allocations to provide staffing to support the deployment of these devices.
Many districts focused on inclusionary and adaptive technology. Many deployed interactive displays on accessible mounts, classroom audio enhancement, devices for special education students, and tools, software, and hardware that supports multi-language learners.
Due to the restrictions and timing of funds, many schools were unable to implement the support elements offered within the grant and plan to apply for the second cycle to complete their initiatives. Districts that received hardware in the first cycle are encouraged to utilize the grant to provide support and infrastructure for the hardware elements they received in the first funding cycle.