Funds and Programs
Providing capital and knowledge for communities to build their digital future
We partner with underserved communities, providing capital and knowledge they need to build a digital future on their terms. Working with local champions committed to advancing connectivity, we offer grants, tailored impact investments, and technical support to help them get there.
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Our grants fund digital equity connectivity plans; help communities pay for infrastructure development and create business models for sustainable networks; and fund policy, research and advocacy.
Digital equity planning grants
Our planning grants support communities to establish a holistic plan of action to achieve digital equity.
Appalachia Digital Equity Accelerator
Supporting underserved communities across Appalachia to build next-generation broadband networks.
Impact Investment Fund
We tailor capital at the sizes and terms that set communities up to advance digital equity over the long-term. We can be flexible and innovative, including financing needs beyond connectivity infrastructure, such as device access and digital literacy programs.
Flexible financing toolbox
From lines of credit and revenue-based financing, to capital matching for government grants, we deploy a range of financial tools to meet a project’s needs.
We’re building financial vehicles to sustainably solve digital equity challenges, like using market-based mechanisms to get devices into the hands of low-income families at no cost to the user.
We are building a series of flagship initiatives to tackle digital divides and build digital equity in some of the most underserved communities.
Indigenous Connectivity Institute
The Indigenous Connectivity Institute works to scale the support, knowledge, and financial resources that Indigenous people need to build digital equity in their communities and on their own terms.
Will for the Web
The Will for the Web creates a space for civil society to come together and work towards solutions to advance digital equity.
Investing in (Y)our Digital Future
Connect Humanity serves a unique role in the landscape as a fund able to blend and build complex capital stacks that ensure communities have the type and size of resources they need to achieve digital equity.
Our funds are designed to support and de-risk each other. Philanthropic investments build the knowledge, capacities, and environment in which community connectivity providers can thrive. Impact investments support and scale community connectivity providers to meet the needs in their communities, inform areas for philanthropically supported research, and build a market for impact investments. Impact investments increase the availability of technologies and services that lower the cost and environmental impact of increasing connectivity.
We are committed to building our field, helping foundations and investors ask the right questions, understand needs, assess the impact of their investment, meet ESG and SDG commitments, and realize competitive returns. We look forward to working with you to develop the right digital equity partnership pportunity for you and your community.
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