Government launches £1m digital leadership fund

The fund will give sector leaders free access to training or subsidised courses

Charities have the opportunity to boost their digital skills through a £1m funding programme launched this week by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

The Digital Leadership Fund will give sector leaders free access to training or subsidised courses to develop a wider understanding of how technology can help them fulfil their charities' missions. Training will include elements such as:

  • Maximising online fundraising tools;
  • Building a social media presence;
  • Modernising operational delivery by embedding updated IT systems;
  • Harnessing emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

The fund has been created to support the Civil Society Strategy, which outlines plans to help charities build their digital capabilities to benefit service-users and wider society. It comes on top of the £400,000 Digital Inclusion Fund, which was launched in August to help older and disabled people acquire digital skills.

The culture secretary Jeremy Wright said: "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.

"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.

Applications to the Digital Leadership Fund, which is open to organisations that are already  providing training to improve charities’ digital skills, are open until 7 December.

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