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BIG to provide £15m for projects supporting digital skills - 13 May 2013

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced a £15 million funding programme that will be developed in partnership with Go On UK to support community projects that build digital skills.

As part of BIG's commitment to help charity Go ON UK eliminate the digital divide, the programme (which is still under development) will be open for applications in the autumn. BIG expects to fund a very small number of UK-wide projects focussing on communities most in need and is announcing the programme now to give potential applicants the time to consider the sort of partnerships that they will need to be put in place to meet the challenge of raising digital skills across the UK.

There are 16 million people in the UK who currently lack the basic online skills to confidently make full use of digital tools available to them and 7.4 million people who have never been online. BIG aims to build on the huge success of the Go ON Liverpool cross-sector partnership, which included £100,000 of funding from BIG and helped reduce the numbers offline in the city by 55 per cent in just 18 months.

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