The Tinder Foundation is providing funding through the new Library Digital Inclusion programme for an action research pilot that will run from 1 October 2015 to 31 March 2016. Through the pilot, 10-15 library services in England will be funded to engage with people who are socially excluded and support them to develop basic digital skills using Wi-Fi and mobile technology as delivery models.
Library services in England are eligible to apply. Libraries must be part of the UK online centres network. Library services that are not currently part of the network are welcome to join and apply for this funding, by visiting the UK Online Centres website.
This fund is only available to library services that already have Wi-Fi installed in their premises.
Successful library services will have a proven track record in engaging and working with hard to reach learners who are socially excluded and live in the most disadvantaged communities.
The two primary target groups are:
- Disabled people
- People on a low income.
However, the Foundation is also interested in receiving applications from library services that support the following groups (who will likely fall in one of the two primary categories above):
- Unpaid carers
- People with mild to moderate mental health issues
- People affected by poverty
- Homeless people (including those at risk)
- Other (applicants will be asked to specify if they have identified a hard to reach group as needing digital inclusion support that they would like to engage in this project).
A total of £100,000 is available. There are three levels of funding based on the number of people supported:
- £5,000 – for 100 supported people.
- £7,500 – for 150 supported people.
- £10,000 – for 200 supported people.
The deadline for applications is 10 September 2015.