The Big Lottery Fund launches £15m Digital Fund

The funding is available to both established and newer charities to scale up their digital operations.

Joe Lepper | 8th Oct 18
Image shows man helping an elderly woman with her computer. The Big Lottery Fund has launched a £15m fund to help charities develop their digital capabilities.

The Big Lottery Fund has launched a £15m fund to help charities develop their digital capabilities.

The Digital Fund will run for two years and will award grants of up to £500,000 to charities and community groups.

The Fund has two strands, the first is called ‘Digital Pioneers’ and is aimed at established charities with an income in excess of £500,000 a year that want to develop their digital capabilities.

The second, called Digital Natives, is aimed at more recently established organisations that are already successfully using digital but now need support to scale this up.

It is expected that grants will last for between one and four years.

Helping charities make the most of digital opportunities

The Fund has been created as part of the Big Lottery’s commitment to helping charities and community groups make the most of digital opportunities.

Cassie Robinson, the Fund’s Head of Digital Grant Making will head the Digital Fund, with applications accepted from October 22 to December 3. Initial funding decisions will be made from January to March 2019.

“We are delighted to launch our new £15m Digital Fund today. It will help both digital natives and digital pioneers maximise their impact, by putting people at the heart of their digital services. This is an exciting stage in our own journey to be an effective digital funder,” said Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund.