New Funding to Support Council Digital Inclusion, Connectivity and Cyber Security Projects

New funding available to support councils seeking to innovate and develop pioneering initiatives to advance digital inclusion, digital connectivity, and cyber security.

The Local Government Association’s Digital Pathfinders Programme is designed to support councils by helping them to deliver digital inclusion initiatives, broadband and mobile improvement programmes or high quality cyber security practices to support residents, the council, businesses and the local place.

This year, the Programme will prioritise working with councils whose work will offer a positive example to others in the sector, through sustainable change programmes. As such, councils are asked to not just consider how innovative the technical aspect of any proposal is, but also its scalability, sustainability, and transferability across multiple community/council settings within the sector. Whilst focussing on one of the three challenge areas:

  • Digital Inclusion (people)
  • Digital Connectivity (place)
  • Cyber Security.

The Programme will support councils to lead and contribute to activities that enable the sharing of experiences across the sector through a learning programme which includes:

  • Tech Essentials – case studies, podcasts, and resources
  • Learning events
  • Collaboration and networking opportunities.

Local authorities are eligible to apply.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available per project.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by 10 September 2021.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)