Ooh this feedback is super illuminating!
Thank you for your inquiry. Our review panel liked your proposal and found that it offered the kind of innovative approach to digital skills development we were seeking (e.g., lots of different modes of learning, broad definition of tech support). However, the proposal did not provide confidence that the program would focus on high need residents in the Mission. There were additional concerns about using Meetup as a primary means of outreach. Reviewers felt that approach would miss the priority populations we seek to serve. Reviewers also noted that they wanted to know more about the background and quality of the volunteer instructors (to have more confidence in the instruction).
Ultimately, we received 27 proposals for two Neighborhood Tech Help and Training Pilot grants, so it was a truly competitive process.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Happy to chat if that would still be useful.
Mike King, M.P.P.
MOHCD Manager of Program Evaluation and Operations