Digital Champion Programme – One week left to submit funding applications

A quick reminder that funding applications for our Digital Champion Programme are open until midday on May 4th 2022. Find out all the details on how to apply.

This is a quick reminder that applications for the Digital Champion funding opportunity are live until 12pm on 4th May 2022. Click here to find out more, including how to apply. Please note: The end date for Cohort 1 of this programme is 30th November 2023, not December 2023 as originally stated in some of the supporting documents provided on the loop. These documents have now been updated to reflect this.

About the Programme

The Digital Champion programme will support local brand partners to deliver digital inclusion services with older people in areas of high digital exclusion across England and Wales, and to transform the delivery of digital skills support to ensure that we can reach and support those people that need it most. The programme will involve local brand partners recruiting and training volunteer Digital Champions; delivering awareness raising activities to motivate and inspire older people to get involved; provide technology on a loan basis to older people without access; and deliver skills support sessions to improve the confidence and skills of older people so that they can benefit from being online.

Supporting older people most at risk of digital exclusion

As part of this programme, we will also support local brand partners who want to focus their delivery on supporting a high-risk group to get online. Whilst the core elements of the programme will largely remain the same, adaptations will likely need to be made to the programme model, and expectations will be amended to reflect the higher intensity support that will be required. By focussing some of the delivery of this programme on supporting high-risk groups, we will reach those older people most in need, and gain a better understanding about how the service works, and to guide service development to ensure it remains as impactful and accessible as possible.

Next Steps

The Digital Champion Programme will be delivered across two cohorts of 25 partners, with cohort 1 (this opportunity) commencing in June 2022, and cohort 2 in March 2024. Each partner will receive up to £72,000 over 18 months to deliver the programme in their local area, including set-up time.

Please note: the funding and delivery period remains the same for partners who apply to deliver the programme with older people generally, and for those who apply to focus their delivery on a high-risk group. Expected reach will differ accordingly.

For more information on this opportunity and to apply, please click below:

This funding opportunity closes 12pm 4th May 2022.

If you have any questions about this new opportunity, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk. If you are having trouble accessing the link above, please contact theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Reminder: Digital Champion Programme – Funding Applications now open!

A quick reminder that funding applications for our Digital Champion Programme are open until midday on May 4th 2022. Find out all the details on how to apply.

This is a quick reminder that applications for the Digital Champion funding opportunity are live until 12pm on 4th May 2022. The programme will support local brand partners to deliver digital inclusion services in areas of high digital exclusion across England and Wales, and to transform the delivery of digital skills support so that we can reach and support those people that need it most. 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.

About the Programme

The Digital Champion programme will support local brand partners to deliver digital inclusion services with older people in areas of high digital exclusion across England and Wales, and to transform the delivery of digital skills support to ensure that we can reach and support those people that need it most. The programme will involve local brand partners recruiting and training volunteer Digital Champions; delivering awareness raising activities to motivate and inspire older people to get involved; provide technology on a loan basis to older people without access; and deliver skills support sessions to improve the confidence and skills of older people so that they can benefit from being online.

Supporting older people most at risk of digital exclusion

As part of this programme, we will also support local brand partners who want to focus their delivery on supporting a high-risk group to get online. Whilst the core elements of the programme will largely remain the same, adaptations will likely need to be made to the programme model, and expectations will be amended to reflect the higher intensity support that will be required. By focussing some of the delivery of this programme on supporting high-risk groups, we will reach those older people most in need, and gain a better understanding about how the service works, and to guide service development to ensure it remains as impactful and accessible as possible.

Next Steps

The Digital Champion Programme will be delivered across two cohorts of 25 partners, with cohort 1 (this opportunity) commencing in June 2022, and cohort 2 in March 2024. Each partner will receive up to £72,000 over 18 months to deliver the programme in their local area, including set-up time.

Please note: the funding and delivery period remains the same for partners who apply to deliver the programme with older people generally, and for those who apply to focus their delivery on a high-risk group. Expected reach will differ accordingly.

For more information on this opportunity and to apply, please click below:

This funding opportunity closes 12pm 4th May 2022.

If you have any questions about this new opportunity, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk. If you are having trouble accessing the link above, please contact theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

New Digital Inclusion Funding Opportunity – Applications now open!

Funding applications for our new Digital Champion Programme are now open until midday on May 4th 2022. Find out all the details on how to apply.

We recently messaged to announce a new funding opportunity to take part in our upcoming Digital Champion programme. We’re pleased to announce that this funding opportunity is now live until 12pm on 4th May 2022. The Digital Champion programme will support local brand partners to deliver digital inclusion services in areas of high digital exclusion across England and Wales, and to transform the delivery of digital skills support so that we can reach and support those people that need it most. 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.

About the Programme

The Digital Champion programme will support local brand partners to deliver digital inclusion services with older people in areas of high digital exclusion across England and Wales, and to transform the delivery of digital skills support to ensure that we can reach and support those people that need it most. The programme will involve local brand partners recruiting and training volunteer Digital Champions; delivering awareness raising activities to motivate and inspire older people to get involved; provide technology on a loan basis to older people without access; and deliver skills support sessions to improve the confidence and skills of older people so that they can benefit from being online.

Supporting older people most at risk of digital exclusion

As part of this programme, we will also support local brand partners who want to focus their delivery on supporting a high-risk group to get online. Whilst the core elements of the programme will largely remain the same, adaptations will likely need to be made to the programme model, and expectations will be amended to reflect the higher intensity support that will be required. By focussing some of the delivery of this programme on supporting high-risk groups, we will reach those older people most in need, and gain a better understanding about how the service works, and to guide service development to ensure it remains as impactful and accessible as possible.

Next Steps

The Digital Champion Programme will be delivered across two cohorts of 25 partners, with cohort 1 (this opportunity) commencing in June 2022, and cohort 2 in March 2024. Each partner will receive up to £72,000 over 18 months to deliver the programme in their local area, including set-up time.

Please note: the funding and delivery period remains the same for partners who apply to deliver the programme with older people generally, and for those who apply to focus their delivery on a high-risk group. Expected reach will differ accordingly.

For more information on this opportunity and to apply, please click below:

This funding opportunity closes 12pm 4th May 2022.

If you have any questions about this new opportunity, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk. If you are having trouble accessing the link above, please contact theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Extreme Weather Emergency Grant Fund Now Closed

Age UK’s Extreme Weather Emergency Grant Fund has now closed. It is estimated that the funding provided to local Age UKs will help over 2,000 older people with emergency provision.

The emergency fund set up by Age UK to assist Brand Partners with emergency activity following a succession of extreme storms last month is now closed. Almost £40,000 has been requested by 20 Brand Partners since the fund opened on the 21st of February. It is estimated the funding will help over 2,000 older people with emergency provision such as food, clothes, blankets and heaters, transport, staffing to operate additional opening hours, extra home visits, and extended information & advice help during the extreme weather and aftermath.

Reminder: Support Available for Planning Bradbury Foundation Funding Applications

If you’re considering a major capital project and are interested in applying for funding from the Bradbury Foundation, you can get support in planning your application from Age UK.

Last week, we messaged about the support available when planning applications for funding from the Bradbury Foundation. If you’re planning a major capital project, such as building a new community centre or major extension, please do get in touch via the details below.

Bradbury Foundation will support projects that are looking for:

  • Capital Funding
  • Funding for a major project (six figures to £1m+)
  • Bradbury to contribute around ⅓ of total cost of a project
  • Remaining funding to be substantially secured (the initial funding can be from other funders, or reserves, etc)

Bradbury strongly encourage projects that see buildings utilised in the community (providing office space, community hire, etc).

The applications will be reviewed in late 2022 with a decision (and payment) in the new year, please keep this in mind for project timings.

Please contact Fiona Smith for an application form – these need to be completed by 22nd April 2022.

If you have any questions, or just want to chat through the process, please contact Fiona Smith (fiona.smith@ageuk.org.uk or 020 3033 1453).

Reminder: Extreme Weather Emergency Grant from Age UK

A quick reminder of the details of Age UK’s Extreme Weather Emergency Grant, which is available for local Age UKs.

We messaged CEOs directly last week with the news that Age UK is offering grants to local Brand Partners for emergency activity supporting older people affected by the recent storms and extreme weather conditions. This is a quick reminder of the details of the grant – read on to find out more.

Age UK is offering grants to local Brand Partners for emergency activity supporting older people affected by the recent storms and extreme weather conditions.

Local Brand Partners can apply for up to £2,000 of funding to assist towards emergency provision such as food, clothes, blankets and heaters, transport, staffing to operate additional opening hours, extra home visits, and extended information & advice help. 

How to Apply

To apply, simply email grants.unit@ageuk.org.uk, providing a short description of the work you wish to undertake with the funding (or emergency work that you have already done in response to the recent storms), including the extent of need/problem this funding will help address, the number of people that are likely to be helped and the types of activities offered.

The email should include the amount of funding you are seeking (no greater than £2,000), and a named person, along with contact information, with whom Age UK can discuss any points of clarification.

Next Steps

Age UK will aim to notify Brand Partners of the outcome of their request with two working days of receipt and make payment within a week following approval. Payment will be in the form of a grant and paid directly into Brand Partners’ accounts based on details Age UK already holds.

There is currently no closing date for this grant programme whilst adverse weather conditions continue to disrupt parts of the country.

Support with Planning Applications for Bradbury Foundation Funding

If you’re considering a major capital project and are interested in applying for funding from the Bradbury Foundation, you can get support in planning your application from Age UK.

The Bradbury Foundation will be inviting first-stage applications for substantial capital projects – such as building new community centres or major extensions – in Spring 2022. If you’re considering a major capital project and are interested in applying, we’d encourage you to begin planning your application early to give you the best chance. We’re here to help – for more information, and advice about applying, please get in touch with Fiona Smith (fiona.smith@ageuk.org.uk or 020 3033 1453) to discuss your ideas.