We are pleased to announce three new funding opportunities to take part in upcoming digital inclusion programmes. This includes two Tablet Loan Schemes funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively, along with a Digital Champions programme also funded by Vodafone. The Dixons Carphone funding is available to Brand Partners in England and both Vodafone opportunities are available for Partners in England and Wales. All three funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September, read on to find out more, including how to apply.
Although the number of older people who are digitally connected continues to rise, there are still around 5 million people over the age of 55 who are not online. We live in an increasingly online world, with many key services moving to become ‘digital first’, and while many older people have embraced digital technology, there are others who are less confident who are at risk of being left behind. Digital inclusion is about making sure that people have the capability to use the internet to do things that benefit them day-to-day. It is defined in terms of digital skills, digital connectivity and digital accessibility. These new programme opportunities will each address the different aspects of digital inclusion.
Tablet Loan Schemes
We have two Tablet Loan Scheme funding opportunities available, funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively. These programme opportunities will begin delivery in November 2021, and will provide participating partners with gifted technology to support the delivery of a Tablet Loan Scheme locally, as well as a small grant to support the coordination of delivery and collection and sharing of programme data. The two funding opportunities differ in terms of the delivery period and the partners they are available to, so please do read the relevant Programme Guidance available on the Loop before applying to ensure your organisation are eligible.
For more information on these opportunities, please click below:
These funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September.
Digital Champion Programme
We also have a new funding opportunity for partners in England and Wales to apply for funding to support the delivery of a six-month Digital Champion programme in their area, recruiting and training staff and volunteer Digital Champions to inspire older people to get online, and spend some time showing them how. This programme is funded by Vodafone and will begin delivery in November 2021.
For more information on this opportunity, please click here.
This funding opportunity closes 12pm Wednesday 29th September.
If you have any questions about any of these new opportunities, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org