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Tech panel wants more money for grants

Monday, August 25, 2014 by Alex Dropkin

In his budget recommendations for Fiscal Year 2015, Austin Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission Chair Lemuel Williams told Council members Wednesday he would like to see more money in the Grants for Technology Opportunities Program. Williams asked the Council to increase annual funding from $200,000 to $300,000 to help boost the competitiveness of the grant funding application. The grants program is a funded match program designed to support “local organizations in their efforts to include all our citizens in an emerging digital society,” according to the city website. Williams noted that in 2012, recipients of the $175,000 awarded by the program raised almost $1.2 million in matching funds, citing that as a reason to increase funding.


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