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Big Lottery to Launch New £15m Digital Fund

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.

Opens: 22nd October
Find out more here: Big Lottery Digital Fund

British Science Week Funding

British Science Week (BSW) is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that is coordinated by the British Science Association (BSA) and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity.

Under-represented groups include:

  • People who are Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME).
  • People with low socio economic status (SES), including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income.
  • Young people facing adversity, including those not in education employment or training (NEET).
  • People with a disability, defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on someone’s ability to do normal daily activities.
  • People living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people.
  • Girls and women.

Closes: 12 November
Find out more here: British Science Week Community Grants

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