Connecting Scotland is a Scottish Government programme set up to tackle digital exclusion during the coronavirus crisis. It is delivered with the support of local councils, SCVO and a wide range of organisations from across Scotland and the UK.
Previous application rounds have targeted those at high clinical risk from coronavirus, families with children, young care leavers, older people and disabled people.
We are now inviting ‘fast track’ applications from organisations working with people at risk of social isolation and loneliness. If you apply through this process you are committing to distribute devices and provide basic monitoring information within 14 days of receipt. This means you should already know who you plan to support prior to applying.
Organisations can apply for support for up to 10 people they are currently working with. This support can include:
- Digital devices – iPads and/or Chromebooks
- Internet connectivity – a mobile WiFi hotspot with 24 months unlimited data
- Training and support – for staff and volunteers to become ‘digital champions’ to support people to use the internet confidently and safely
Fast track applications are intended for organisations who can identify specific people they are currently working with that meet the eligibility criteria and have capacity to deliver devices to them quickly over the summer.
For more about this fund, click Here.