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DCMS Announces £1 Million Digital Skills Innovation Fund for Underrepresented People

A new £1 million fund is now open for bids from Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities for initiatives aimed at helping people take up digital roles.

Launched by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), the new Digital Skills Innovation Fund aims to pilot or scale-up innovative programmes that address local or regional digital challenges, while heling people from underrepresented groups gain the skills needed to work in digital roles.

The funding will be used to help women, disabled people, individuals from minority backgrounds or those living in lower socioeconomic areas to succeed in digital fields. This includes data analysts, programmers, cyber security specialists, software developers and marketeers.

The Fund also aims to encourage collaborative working between Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local government, the voluntary sector, youth organisations, charities, employers and training providers to address local skills challenges and share good practice.

The Fund has an overall budget of £1 million available for distribution. Grants of between £200,000 and £500,000 will be available.

Bids are invited from LEPs and Combined Authorities (CAs) in England. LEPs and CAs may submit individual bids or collaborate with other LEPs to put forward bids that cover more than one area. Applications submitted by LEPs should identify a lead Local Authority through which the grant can be awarded.

Minister for Digital, Margot James, said:

“It is crucial everyone is able to take advantage of digital technology, whether it is to learn how to use the internet or develop the skills to work in a tech role.

“If we want to maintain our position as a world-leading digital economy we need to work with industry, local authorities and the voluntary sector to develop solutions so no-one is left behind.”

Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on 28 October 2018

The guidance document and application template is available  DCMS – Digital Skills Partnership webpage

Source: Grantfinder