Bolton’s Fund to invest in digital future
Charities in Bolton can bid for funding to help improve their digital skills and make their valuable services even more accessible.
A pot of £50,000 is available from Bolton’s Fund, a voluntary sector grants programme delivered by Bolton Council, NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, Bolton at Home and Bolton CVS.
The scheme launched last year and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups of all sizes are invited to bid for different rounds of funding, with each round targeted at addressing a key priority in the community.
This latest round – Digital Inclusion – aims to tackle the challenges of digital exclusion and a shortage of the necessary knowhow and equipment in the charity sector.
The issue has been further highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic as community groups moved more of their services online.
Charities and volunteer organisations can bid for up to £1,500 or up to £5,000 depending on the proposal.
Groups have until October 28 to apply and more information is available on the Bolton CVS website.
Councillor Nadim Muslim, Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for stronger communities, said: “This latest round of funding will help the VCSE sector reach more people, reduce costs and deliver services more efficiently.
“During the pandemic especially, we have seen how many groups have had to completely transform the way they operate.
“Switching from face-to-face services in the community to working to online has been extremely challenging, especially for organisations without the necessary tech skills and equipment. This funding will address some of these issues.”
Helen Tomlinson, Bolton CVS’s interim chief executive: added: “We are really excited to be launching this fund which is all about improving access and building confidence in using digital technology for communities in Bolton.
“We know that digital is a great way to reduce isolation and help people stay in touch with family and friends and are looking forward to seeing the great ideas that groups have to help achieve that.
“In addition to the support on offer through Bolton’s Fund, Bolton CVS is always on hand to offer advice and guidance.”