The Boston nonprofit Tech Goes Home, which provides free Internet skills training and discounted computers to low-income residents, is expanding its services with the help of a $150,000 grant from Google Inc.
The grant will allow the nonprofit to offer its program in Cambridge for the first time and serve 300 additional families in Boston and Cambridge.
Tech Goes Home offers parents and children 15 hours of technology training, gives them the option to buy a Chromebook or iPad Mini for $50, and helps them sign up for low-cost Internet access (currently $9.95 a month through Comcast).
The program, based at City Hall, has a $1.1 million annual budget, funded largely by the city of Boston.
The money from Google will help expand the program around the country. Tech Goes Home has already been launched in Connecticut, New York, New Mexico, and Tennessee, and the nonprofit plans to develop a business plan to expand more rapidly outside of Massachusetts and boost the number of participants in the Boston area.
More than 18,000 people have gone through training since 2010, including small-business owners and senior citizens. Three-quarters of the participants have household incomes under $25,000 a year, 90 percent are people of color, and 40 percent are non-native English speakers.
The Internet is essential in modern society, said Jascha Franklin-Hodge, chief information officer for the city of Boston, whether it’s for banking or doing homework or searching for a job.
“It’s a fundamental equity issue,” he said. “To have access to the institutions of society, the institutions of economic mobility, you have to be connected.”