AFN Awarded Mozilla Gigabit Fund Grant








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Austin Free-Net Selected as One of 19 Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund Grantees

Austin, Texas (January 27, 2017) – Austin Free-Net, an Austin-based nonprofit organization focused on providing adults digital literacy training and Internet access, has received a 2017 Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund Grant for its effort to combine gigabit technology and workforce training for adults.

Austin Free-Net  will use the grant towards Accelerate,  a new program curriculum that will prepare adults for a career in the technology field. The project will leverage gigabit connectivity to design an augmented reality tool that supports entry-level IT learning for adults.

Austin Free-Net is one of six nonprofit organizations and programs from Austin to receive the grant, which was also awarded to Latinitas, Austin Monitor, Changing Expectations, University of Texas UTeach Outreach, and PenPal Schools. The other 13 grantees are located in Kansas City, MO, and Chattanooga, TN.

The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, a collaboration with the National Science Foundation and US Ignite, will grant the selected organizations a total of $241,000 for a 16-week pilot period beginning January 30 so that they may “build, pilot, and scale gigabit-enabled applications and associated curricula that have immediate, measurable effect on classrooms and informal learning organizations.”


Learn more about the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund at