Govt to issue £1m in grants to help charities improve digital skills
Posted on: November 21, 2018
Originally published by charitytimes: www.charitytimes.com
Written by Lauren Weymouth
The government has announced it will issue grants worth £1 million to fund support programmes that will help charities improve their digital skills.
The funding, launched by Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, follows the government’s launch of its new Civil Society Strategy, which set out plans to help charities in growing their digital confidence.
Wright said training provided through the Digital Leadership Fund, will help charities to better develop an understanding of how technology can make it easier for them to achieve their goals.
The fund will give industry leaders free access to training or heavily subsidised courses to boost their digital skills and develop a wider understanding of how technology can help them to fulfil their mission.
Training will include learning how to maximise online fundraising tools, build a social media presence or modernise their operational delivery by embedding updated IT systems.
It is also likely to include learning how to harness emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to achieve their charitable objectives.
“We want charitable organisations to thrive in the digital age and are committed to helping them get the most out of technology, which can act as an enormous force for good,” Wright said.
“Through this programme, charity leaders will have more opportunities to enhance skills and boost employee confidence while creating a greater and more positive impact on people and their communities.”
The Digital Leadership Fund is designed for organisations that are currently providing training to improve charities’ digital skills.
Applications close on Friday December 7th.