Charities receive share of £3.4m from digital fund

The fund, launched by the National Lottery Community Fund in October, was set up to help charities use digital tools to support local communities

Eight organisations will share £3.4m of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to help them grow their digital capabilities.

The NLCF’s digital fund, which is worth a total of £15m and was launched in October, is designed to help voluntary sector organisations use digital tools and approaches to support local communities.

The drug and alcohol charity Addaction and the legal advice charity umbrella body the Law Centres Network each received the largest amounts, of £500,000, while Wag and Company, which takes dogs to visit older people in care homes, received £350,000.

Also among the grantees were the Scottish children’s charities Aberlour and Children 1, the sex workers’ charity National Ugly Mugs, the parenting and family support charity Family Lives and the Lancashire Women’s Centre.

As well as funding, the digital fund will give the projects access to support, coaching and mentoring, and they will collectively document and share what they learn with each other and the wider sector.

Joe Ferns, UK knowledge and portfolio director at the National Lottery Community Fund, said: "In a digital society it’s important that charities and community organisations are not only able to adapt to be fit for the future, but can also harness the power of digital to identify new opportunities to improve services to support more people."

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