GCVS and Glasgow City Council have worked together to organise computers, internet connections and training to reduce digital exclusion in the city. The three factors which are the main drivers of digital exclusion are:

  • a computer / device to access the internet
  • an internet connection
  • the skills to use the systems

We want to work with organisations in the city who can reach people who are digitally excluded.

Computers / Connection

Poverty is a critical driver of digital exclusion and a significant proportion of people are unable to afford the up-front or ongoing costs associated with being online. As part of the programme nearly 1,000 computers will be available for people in the city. These will mostly be refurbished desktop computers, but there will also be a small number of Chromebook devices.

Alongside this there are 700 “MiFi” internet devices with a year of unlimited data. There are slightly fewer of these because we recognise that many people have access to data but require an additional computer because of lockdown.

The computers / connections are available to third sector organisations who can help us get them to the people who need them.

Organisations operating in the North West of the City should complete this form (North West Voluntary Sector Network)

Organisations operating elsewhere in the city should complete this form

Digital Inclusion

In addition, a fund of £185,000 is available for organisations to apply to for training and support in digital inclusion in the communities they work with. The aim of this fund is to increase and improve digital inclusion in Glasgow by supporting third sector training and development initiatives which aim to help the communities they are working with to improve their digital skills.

There are two grant streams available under this fund. For expenditure up to £2,000, the Small Grants Stream will require a shorter application. This stream will pay for specific items of expenditure which will enable organisations to improve an existing service or develop a new one which offers training and support in digital inclusion.

The Main Grants Scheme will make grants of between £2000 and £15,000 to enhance ongoing work or add a new service focused on enhancing digital inclusion.

Organisations requiring further training to enable them to deliver training and support to people in the communities they serve can get support from Glasgow Life.

For more information about this fund and how to apply please download the documents below, or contact DigitalInclusionFund@GCVS.org.uk and the guidelines and application forms will be e-mailed to you.

The deadline for applications is Monday 8th March at noon.


Downloads available:

Glasgow Digital Inclusion Fund Guidelines

Glasgow Digital Inclusion Fund Small Grants Application Form

Glasgow Digital Inclusion Fund Main Grants Application Form