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in Making Grants

Each year, Americans recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American’s whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. To help celebrate this important month, we are highlighting a few of our grantees that are centered in and

in Offering Fellowships

Voqal believes that taking risks with innovative, progressive ideas is necessary to advance social change. The Voqal Fellowship is an investment in people as individuals and budding entrepreneurs. It is a talent accelerator aimed at giving those often overlooked by traditional funders a chance to enact their visions at center stage. As we begin the

in Offering Fellowships

Applications are now open for the 2022 Voqal Fellowship. The Fellowship provides a $30,000 stipend for six months to work on an early-stage idea with hands-on storytelling and business development coaching. The Voqal Fellowship is a talent and startup accelerator that provides those historically left on the outside a chance to enact their vision at

in Protecting Public Airwaves

In March, Congress approved legislation that created the first-ever program for schools and libraries to help connect students and patrons off-campus. The program, known as the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), was appropriated $7.17 billion to help fund projects through June 30, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission quickly developed the program and opened a 45-day funding

in Investing for Educational Impact

At Voqal, we believe an educated community is central to creating the more socially equitable world we strive for. Furthermore, we believe everyone should have equal opportunity in our country’s education system. With those beliefs in mind, we created the Education Opportunity Project. This project seeks to measurably reduce educational opportunity gaps by providing capital

in Investing for Educational Impact

Earlier this summer, Voqal investee, Schoolrunner was acquired by SchoolMint. We are excited to have been a part of Schoolrunner’s journey and congratulate SchoolMint on this excellent addition to its platform. Schoolrunner is a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that enables evidence-based teaching and learning. The platform provides a single place to track, analyze,

in Voqal

Earlier this week, Voqal joined Engine and over 70 other organizations in a letter to Congress that implores the body to create a path to citizenship for Dreamers (also known as DACA recipients). Dreamers are young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, who have lived and gone to school here,

in Increasing Internet Access, Protecting Public Airwaves

Today, the U.S. Senate passed a long-overdue infrastructure bill that includes a historic investment in broadband deployment, affordability, access, and equity. The $65 billion broadband section contains four sections to tackle broadband access and adoption problem. Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Grant Program ($42.45 billion) This provision creates a $42.45 billion matching grant program for

in Offering Fellowships

Creating a truly socially equitable world requires supporting innovative individuals from a wide array of backgrounds. The Voqal Fellowship acknowledges this need by investing in people as individuals and budding entrepreneurs. It is an opportunity for those often overlooked by traditional funders to enact their visions at center stage. In our penultimate look at the

in Increasing Internet Access

Voqal’s mission is to advance social equity by creating an educated and engaged public. A key element of realizing this goal is making sure everyone has access to the affordable, high-speed internet that is increasingly important to participate in our society. That’s why Voqal project, Mobile Citizen exists. It provides low-cost mobile internet with unlimited

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