Local authorities in England have two weeks left to apply for grants of up to £20,000 to support digital inclusion projects.
The Local Government Association (LGA) is providing funding to support digital inclusion projects. The aims are to empower individuals or groups of people in communities currently not accessing online services and support, to improve their skills and confidence online and to help generate efficiencies for the council.
Digital inclusion projects should focus on supporting people who are financially, socially or digitally excluded, but is not limited to this list. The project approach may be to improve the skills of a particular group of people for example, older vulnerable adults, or troubled families, or NEETs, to enable them to develop the skills and confidence to use online services or access support to help them do so.
Local authorities in England are eligible to apply.
The LGA are keen to receive applications from groups of councils or those involving partner organisations. Applications are limited to one per council, including where a council is a partner in a joint bid.
The LGA will fund 10 projects up to £20,000 each and encourage these councils to match the funding to a minimum level of £10,000 (though applicants unable to do so will not be excluded from being considered).
Projects will only be eligible to receive up to £20,000 regardless of the number of partners.