Charities receive share of £8.6m from digital fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded £8.6m to 20 charities to fund digital improvements designed to increase their impact.

The grants, which have been awarded under the second round of the grant-maker’s £15m Digital Fund, will help charities to become more adaptive, relevant and resilient in the digital age, the NLCF said.

The 20 recipients include Mental Health Innovations, which plans to extend the reach of its mental health text-based support, called Shout, and has been awarded the highest amount of £500,000.

The bereavement charity Cruse Bereavement Care has been awarded just under £500,000 to redesign how its services are delivered, while GoodGym, an online platform and community that connects people who want to exercise with physical volunteering opportunities, will receive £450,000 to increase its volunteer hours five-fold over the next two years.

The NLCF said the 20 organisations would join nine other recipients of Digital Fund money in a group that would collectively document and share what they learned between themselves and the wider voluntary sector.

Beneficiaries of the first round of grants were announced last year.

Cassie Robinson, head of digital grant making at the National Lottery Community Fund, said: "Thanks to National Lottery players, these organisations can increase their digital capacity to have a greater impact in communities and support our sector to thrive in the digital age."

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