Innovation and Modernization Program

Resources for future applications

Agencies applying for grants in the future will need to submit a Business Case and a Project Pitch Deck. This webpage will be updated regularly, so please return for the latest information. If you have questions about this program, please contact improgram@watech.wa.gov.

Projects funded to date

In 2023 the state Legislature created an Innovation and Modernization Fund (IMF) at WaTech that allows state agencies to address emergent legacy-systems issues or adopt innovative technology to meet a critical business need.

The 2023-25 biennial budget appropriated $3 million for the IMF, of which $1.5 million was available for fiscal year 2024. Within the first five months of availability of funding for this program, WaTech received 34 proposals totaling $6.6 million in requests. Twelve requests were approved and all funds for FY24 have been awarded.

The IM Program provides administrative review of agency proposals, establishes criteria and evaluates proposals, collaborates with state agencies to develop proposals for funds access, and provides project oversight of TSB-approved projects.

The IMF is working with agencies on progress reporting and tracking of grant dollars. It is also preparing a feedback survey for IT Investment Board members and for agencies with approved projects. The window to apply for fiscal year 2025 funds will open this March.

Progress update - February 2024

  • IT Investment Board co-chairs are attending product demonstrations and status check-ins with 11 projects funded in 2023. These meetings provide a view into the technology the agencies are implementing with IM funds and demonstrate a wide variety of solutions for business problems.   
  • WaTech is in the planning phase for the FY25 funding cycle and will communicate with agencies as soon as the submission window is open.