New £15m Fund to Help Charities Develop Digital Capabilities

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The Big Lottery Fund has announced a new £15 million Digital Fund which will run for two years and provide grants of up to £500,000 to charities and voluntary sector organisations across the UK.

The fund is a key step in delivering the Big Lottery Fund’s digital ambitions outlined in its ‘Supporting Charities and Community Organisations Strategy’. It follows recognition that more could be done to enable charities and groups to make the most of digital opportunities.

The funding is intended to help registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, and use digital tools and approaches to support people and communities within the UK.

Applications can be made for either of the two funding strands:

  • ‘Digital Pioneers’ (strand one) is aimed at established charities with a minimum income of more than £500,000 that want to use digital to take a major leap forward. Grants of up to £500,000 and a tailored support package will be provided.
  • ‘Digital Natives’ (strand two) is aimed at more recently established organisations that are successfully using digital but now need help scaling this up. Grants of up to £500,000 will be made available.

The grants for both strands will last from one to four years.

The Digital Fund will open the first funding phase on 22 October, which will run until 3 December 2018, with further opportunities in 2019.

Further information can be found on the Big Lottery Fund