The Digital Inclusion Fund, administered by Citizens Online with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is a new fund that has been launched with the aims of helping older (aged 55 years and older) and disabled people in England to acquire digital skills. Recent research into internet usage across the UK has shown that within these groups, the numbers who go online or can access the internet are lower than average.
The Fund offers grants to support charities and non-for-profit organisations that are designing, researching or delivering creative and innovative programmes to tackle this digital exclusion. Innovative projects are expected to include the teaching of basic skills such as booking GP appointments online, using apps to communicate with friends and family, and making the most of search engines.
Funding can also be used to test and learn from the new approaches. The projects supported may also have scope to scale up and deliver a wider impact.
Applications will be accepted from 10 September (midday) until 1 October 2018 (midday).