Opening new avenues for funding: Technology delivers real benefits quickly to Housing Associations

John McLaren, Head of Business, GrantFinder and The Knowledge Exchange at Idox shares his thoughts in a recent article.

Earlier this year, with a long career working with technology companies and in housing management – and having served almost three years on the Board of Management at Cunninghame Housing Association – I joined Idox, the UK’s leading provider of funding and information services. I took on the role of Head of Business for GrantFinder and The Knowledge Exchange, our comprehensive funding database and information portals that help connect local businesses, charities and academic institutions with external funding opportunities.

Over the last six months I’ve watched as housing associations (HAs) across the country have struggled with the challenges of COVID-19. Face-to-face services were paused and many staff furloughed. Many tenants have faced income insecurity and the stress associated with that. For vulnerable residents, they also had to shield, losing their normal support networks.

It’s often hard in crisis situations to start looking to the future and think about recovery. Idox works with councils, charities and HAs across the country. We’ve seen that those organisations taking a strategic approach to digital transformation, seeking out funding to invest in infrastructure, have a stronger foundation for resilience.

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