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Charter increases community investment to $9 million

The investment is part of the Spectrum Digital Education Program, which supports local non-profit organizations.

The investment is part of the Spectrum Digital Education Program, which supports local non-profit organizations.

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Charter Communications says it is increasing its commitment to the Spectrum Digital Education by $1 million this year, bringing the total multi-year investment to $9 million.

The program helps support non-profit organizations that offer education on how broadband tools can improve lives. The initiative launched in 2017 and has helped more than 100,000 people in 22 states and Washington, D.C., Charter says.

“Since the pandemic, many essential services related to employment, education and health care have moved online, leaving the unserved and underserved even further disconnected from the resources needed to successfully navigate today’s world,” Rahman Khan, the group vice president of community impact at Charter, said in a statement. “The funds granted through Spectrum Digital Education directly support organizations that aim to bridge the digital divide in communities where our customers live and work.”

The application period for this year’s grant opens runs from June 1 to June 23. Charter will review applications submitted by qualify non-profit organizations in July, with grant money awarded in September.

Eligible non-profits are those that:

  • …have obtained 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  • …operate programs focused on families or seniors.
  • …are able to provide Spectrum information on a variety of metrics, including the number of people impacted, population served and demographics.
  • …are already an existing program that work with a diverse population.
  • …partner with low-income and/or multicultural-based urban or rural communities.
  • …meet the unique needs of the community, and align with the non-profit’s current mission.
  • …are able to satisfy a lasting, meaningful and tangible impact.

To learn more about the Spectrum Digital Education program or to apply for this year’s grant, click or tap here.

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