Digital Inclusion Fund
|Grant Type||Core costs & project costs|
|Applications accepted from Social Enterprises?||Yes|
|Maximum grant available||£25,000, although larger grants may be considered|
|Grant opens||10 November 2023|
|Deadlines||The Digital Inclusion Fund is a rolling programme which will be in place until funds are exhausted.
Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 8th December for the first round of funding. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application in January 2024 and decisions will be made at the end of January 2024.
Further Expressions of Interest will be invited in January 2024 for the second round of funding. Decisions will be made on a quarterly basis.
The Digital Inclusion Fund has been developed to reduce digital poverty and its effects across target demographics within Suffolk. The funding has been made available by Suffolk County Council in partnership with Suffolk Community Foundation.
Helping residents to become digitally included will bring wider social benefits to enable people to be better informed, pay less for things, be more employable, feel more independent, be less isolated, and live happier, healthier, easier lives
The objectives of the fund:
- To reduce digital poverty and its effects across target demographics within Suffolk
- To increase digital inclusion across target demographics within Suffolk
- To improve health outcomes across target demographics including (but not exclusive to) access to services and access to training and employment
Key areas of focus:
- Digital skills provision for Suffolk residents
- Digital device access for Suffolk residents
- Low cost/affordable connectivity for Suffolk residents
The whole of Suffolk but with particular focus on:-
- North East Suffolk – including areas surrounding Leiston/Saxmundham
- Ipswich – areas with higher income deprivation
- Rural areas within Babergh and Mid Suffolk and West Suffolk
- Residents with lower income levels
- Residents living with disability/sensory impairment
- Residents who are unable to fully access the labour market
Who can apply?
- Charitable and Voluntary groups
- Faith and community groups
- Social enterprises that are addressing need within Suffolk
What can be funded:
- New innovative projects
- Existing projects
- Revenue or capital costs (or a mixture of both)
- Core costs and organisational overheads
- Full cost recovery