VCSE Digital Grants

Residents can gain confidence and improve their digital skills thanks to grants of up to £1,000.

Trafford Council has launched its Digital Skills and Inclusion grants, which can be applied for by voluntary groups to provide training and support, as well as the buying of new equipment.

The grants are there to improve the digital skills of residents for work and at home. By improving their abilities of going online and using computers, residents can stay connected, gain the confidence to go online and also stay safe.

Cllr Mike Freeman, Trafford Council Executive Member for Public Safety, Governance and Reform, said:

“Online skills have been a lifeline to so many during the coronavirus lockdown. Even though people haven’t been able to meet with relatives and friends, they have been able to see each other on video, or do their weekly shop online.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the ability or the confidence to do this so these grants are a vital part of enabling people to develop their digital skills.

Digital is fast becoming an essential life skill so it’s important to develop digital skills and confidence. This scheme will help people in Trafford to engage with an increasingly digital world.”

The grants are available to any voluntary, community and social enterprise group in the borough.

Cllr Freeman added:

“Volunteers and communities have come together brilliantly in response to the coronavirus epidemic. This scheme will provide additional help to voluntary and community groups to support the people in Trafford with their digital skills.”

Successful Applicants for Round 1:

Successful Applicants for Round 1
NameTitleSummaryAwardedLocation
United Response Stepping Forward To improve digital inclusion and accessibility for vulnerable and socially isolated Trafford residents £4,717.58 Trafford Wide
TDAS Empowering women through digital learning To increase accessibility for our residents by providing access to laptops and the internet during their stay in our accommodation. £4577.00 Trafford Wide
Manchester Deaf Centre Digital Awareness This project will enable hard of hearing, deaf and deafened residents of Trafford to access iPads and learn how to use them to best effect when it comes to bettering their circumstances £4771.08 Trafford Wide
St John’s Centre St John’s Centre Digital Upgrade Provision of computer classes and drop-in sessions to help people gain digital skills; One-to-one help with online tasks and applications; Access to our computers, Wi-Fi, printing/scanning £5000 Old Trafford
G-Force The ‘Face to Face’ Project. This project will allow us to buy 8 tablets and train up to 40+ residents how to use them in the first year. £5000 Altrincham, Oldfield Brow, Timperley and Broad heath
Age UK Silver Surfer Digital Buddies Our project would provide older people with a tablet with internet access to enable them to connect in a digital way with the outside world. £4992.40 Trafford Wide
ACCG African and Caribbean Digital Community Connections Improve digital engagement within the community – improved website, staff training on social media, teach older adults to use smart phones and tablets £4646 Old Trafford