Following feedback from partners about the need for financial support, we brought together 70 third sector organisations to discuss upcoming funding opportunities that could support digital inclusion across the city. We launched the 100% Digital Leeds: Digital Inclusion Fund, and were joined by five funding partners.
100% Digital Leeds: Digital Inclusion Fund
100% Digital Leeds launched their new funding programme. We have £100,000 available to help third sector organisations embed digital inclusion activity into their future delivery to support hard to reach groups across Leeds. The 100% Digital Leeds: Digital Inclusion Fund offers grants of £1,000 to £10,000 to help community organisations overcome any barriers to digital inclusion that they face, such as buying equipment, hiring tutors or paying for connectivity.
Housing Leeds: Housing Advisory Panel Funding
The Housing Advisory Panels (HAPs) are tenant led groups that fund various projects and are looking to support more digital inclusion projects. Each panel has a budget, allowing them to give grant funding for projects that benefit tenants and the local community. Applications for funding can come from tenants and resident groups, individuals or any other voluntary or community group. HAPs will review each application on its own merits, however, panels will need to see how the project will benefit tenants as the funding comes from tenants rent.
Leeds Community Foundation: Open and Upcoming Grants Programmes
Leeds Community Foundation supports thousands of charities and voluntary groups across the city, addressing inequalities and working together to help create opportunities for those that need help the most. They invest in these groups by distributing grants and sharing information and learning with decision makers. Leeds Community Foundation relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses and public sector organisations to help local people to gain the support they need now, while investing in a brighter future for all.
Good Things Foundation: Funding and support available to Online Centres
Good Things Foundation is the UK’s leading digital inclusion charity. They support people to grow their essential digital skills to overcome social challenges. Brought together by Good Things Foundation, the Online Centres Network is made up of over 5,000 grassroots organisations, all working to tackle digital and social exclusion by providing people with the skills and confidence they need to access digital technology.
Communities Team: Language Hub Funding
The focus of the Language Hub Funding is to bring people together through activities so people can share their skills, build relationships and have opportunities to practice conversational English. The Language Hub offers grant funding of up to £5,000 to support activities which meet the aims of developing key language skills of participants and benefiting new and settled communities. The Communities Team welcome projects with a digital element and recognise the importance of supporting the development of digital skills.
Groundwork: European Social Fund Community Grants
ESF Community Grants is a new programme open to small and voluntary organisations to fund projects that help unemployed and economically inactive people move into or towards employment, training or education. Individual grants of £5,000 to £20,000 are available. The programme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Education & Skills Funding Agency, and managed by Groundwork.