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Top tips to applying for the Clarion Futures Digital Fund 

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The latest round of the Clarion Futures Digital Fund is now open for applications. The fund awards grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to charities, community and voluntary groups who are attempting to address digital exclusion by supporting Clarion Housing residents of all ages to get and stay online.

This latest round of funding is the twelfth that Clarion Futures have delivered, benefitting numerous projects across the country. In fact, three rounds of funding alone resulted in over 1,800 hours of digital training, directly benefitting 707 people.

One recent grantee, Ferndale Community Tenants Group, applied for funding to launch five computer clubs engaging up to 100 residents at volunteer-led digital inclusion sessions. The group offered residents a cup of tea and a biscuit while giving them the confidence to use the internet and email.

Mrs Jones*  and her husband attended the group’s weekly Spire Court Computer Club. Despite the poor internet connection in the area, after 11 months of training Mr Jones completed the Digital Champions course and now helps others to get online, while Mrs Jones is now confident using a computer, tablet and iPhone.

Another project, Sutton Estate Community Centre, received funding for IT courses and drop-in services for 75 local residents with learning disabilities. The centre ran a Cyber Café and Study Clubs, which also included homework clubs for students.

So, if you’re a charity, community or voluntary group, with an idea to address digital  exclusion check out our application process online. The deadline for receiving applications is the  12 December at 5pm, if you’re thinking about applying for a grant, now’s your opportunity to do so.

But before you submit your application, it would be worth bearing these points in mind.

But before you submit your application, it would be worth bearing these points in mind

  1. Read the guidelines carefully.There are certain activities and projects that we won’t be able to fund, so make sure you are eligible before you start your application.
  2. Speak to a Clarion Futures Digital Inclusion Officer to discuss your project. If you have any questions at all about whether you are eligible or the application process, do get in touch and someone will be able to help you. Include as much information as possible.
  3. Really think about who your project is going to support residents to get online and the impact it could make to their lives. Demonstrate that there is demand or a need for a digital inclusion project.
  4. Get someone else to read through the application. An extra pair of eyes can help to pick up on spelling and grammar mistakes, and can also help identify any information you might be missing.
  5. Don’t leave it to the last minute! Your internet might fail, you might lose your work, you might be stuck on a train. In any case, don’t leave it to the last minute to send in your application.

Remember, the Digital Fund it designed to support Clarion Housing residents of all ages to get and stay online and use the internet as an everyday tool in their communities.

If you have any questions, contact futuresdigital@myclarionhousing.com or call our Guideline Team on 0300 100 0303 or 0300 500 800.

*names have been changed