15 October 2018
Big Lottery Fund to Launch New £15m Digital Fund Shortly
Opening on 22 October, this new fund is aimed at helping the UK’s charitable and voluntary sector use digital tools and approaches to support people and communities across the UK.
The two-year 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.
In the first round, the Digital Fund is currently offering two strands of funding:
- The first strand is aimed at ‘Digital Pioneers’. These are established charities with a minimum income of more than £500,000 per year that want to use digital to take a major leap forward. It will provide grants of up to £500,000 and a tailored support package with grants lasting from one to four years.
- The second strand is aimed at Digital Natives’. These are more recently-established organisations that are successfully using digital, but now need help scaling this up. It will provide grants of up to £500,000 with grants lasting from one to four years.
Commenting on the new fund, the Big Lottery Fund’s Chief Executive Dawn Austwick said:
“It will help both digital natives and digital pioneers maximise their impact, by putting people at the heart of their digital services. This is an exciting stage in our own journey to be an effective digital funder.”
The Digital Fund will open in phases over the next two years.
The first phase will be open from 22 October 2018 to 3 December 2018.