Northern Ireland’s Fibrus Community Fund Open for Applications

A fund aimed at addressing digital poverty in Northern Ireland is inviting applications.

Funding is available for community groups and voluntary organisations to address digital poverty in rural communities in Northern Ireland.

The Fibrus Community Fund is awarding grants of a maximum of £2,000 to assist local groups and organisations in certain areas to improve digital access for the most marginalised members of the community, with a priority on older individuals and young people aged 18 and under.

Examples of the types of projects that could be funded include:

  • Projects that provide access to engage with a range of digital devices (laptops, tablets, iPads, smart-phones, etc.), such as a community loan facility, etc.
  • Projects that strengthen the capacity of individuals to use a range of available digital services, such as training workshops or courses, which may also include catering and venue hire costs.
  • Projects that provide access to enhance connections with others, such as a community-use internet hub, or internet café, etc.
  • Provision of internet installation/connection in community facilities for community use.

Applications will be accepted from voluntary organisations and other local, grassroots or community-led organisations. A detailed list of eligible postcodes can be found on the Community Foundation Northern Ireland website.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on 20 February 2023.

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