Majority of charities 'fail to obtain funding for ICT'

Helen Warrell

Almost two-thirds of charities in Britain have been unable to secure funding specifically for ICT facilities, a new survey has found.

Nearly 500 voluntary organisations responded to the survey, which was conducted by the ICT Hub and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, by completing an online questionnaire.

Only 38 per cent of those questioned for the survey had successfully obtained ICT funding. Almost nine out of ten (88 per cent) said their available budget for ICT support costs was well below the necessary amount.

The survey also showed that it was much harder for charities to secure funds for the less visible elements of ICT, such as training, maintenance and running costs, than for computers and other hardware.

Nicky Thompson, head of the ICT Hub, said: "If voluntary and community sector organisations are to be able to manage their ICT resources, they must be adequately funded.

"At the moment, funders are still not giving money to cover the full cost of ICT."

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