Nominet Trust awards first grants from £5m fund

Charities receive cash for internet projects

The first six internet-themed projects to receive a total of £250,000 of funding from the Nominet Trust have been announced.

The trust is the charitable arm of Nominet, which registers .uk internet domains. The company gave the trust £5m for grants to projects that it believes make a positive difference to society through the internet.

The first six projects have been allocated about £50,000 each, the trust announced yesterday.
The successful organisations are the British Computer Association of the Blind, ChildNet International, the Internet Society, the Cambridge Global Grid for Learning, Cambridgeshire Library Learning Services and Youthnet.

The schemes include a remote access support project that will allow visually impaired people access to computers and the internet, run by BCAB.

Jonathan Welfare, chair of the Nominet Trust, said: "These organisations have demonstrated with these six projects that they will help and support our objectives.

"We are seeking to fund more projects that will make a tangible and rapid difference in developing the internet in the UK and other countries."

Organisations can apply for Nominet Trust funding through its website.

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