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Funding Opportunities to Support Digital Inclusion and Independence in Older People

Updated: May 30, 2023


St. Monica's Trust is offering a range of support to help individuals and local organisations tackling digital exclusion in older people.


Since the pandemic, many organisations and services have not reinstated traditional methods of accessing services, but many older people are unable to use the new digital ones. As our communications and service provisions become more focused on digital platforms, older people are often left behind. This leaves them more vulnerable and isolated, without the skills or technology to access modern communications or access vital services.


In response to this, St. Monica's Trust has launched their Digital Inclusion Fund, offering grants and gifts to those at risk of digital exclusion, and to organisations helping older people to strengthen their digital skills and participate in the online world. Support may be provided in the form of computer clubs, Employment and IT Skills training, or training on the use of smartphones/tablets/laptops. It is specifically aimed at those over 55 years old.

The maximum award on offer to organisations is £35,000 for one year, with the potential for a further two years of funding depending on reporting, reported outcomes and continuing need.

Closing date: Midday 28 November 2022


For individuals, St. Monica's Trust aims to support older people to live independently in their communities for as long as possible. This may be offered in the form of a short term grant of monthly financial support, or a gift, such as appliances.

Those eligible for individual funding must meet the below criteria.

  • Have a physical disability or long-term physical health problem

  • Live in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset or Bath and North East Somerset

  • Have a low income and limited savings

  • Are over 50 years of age


To find out more about individual funding support, or the Digital Inclusion Fund, please click here.



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