Funding for digital devices for people with learning disabilities

Applications are now open for Digital Lifeline funding. This is an emergency response project to get devices, data and digital skills support to people with learning disabilities within tight timescales. Digital Lifeline is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and delivered by Good Things Foundation, in partnership with AbilityNet.

The project is also supported by trusted expert organisations such as Learning Disability England, the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and Digital Unite.

Applications are welcome from organisations operating in England that support people with learning disabilities, including self-advocacy groups, community-based organisations and those that provide support to people where they live.

As an emergency response project, applicants should be prepared and able to begin immediate delivery of the Digital Lifeline programme.

Eligible organisations will be able to answer ‘yes’ to all of the below questions:

  • Do you know at least 10 people with a learning disability who are digitally excluded?
  • Do you already support people with learning disabilities in your community? Or, do you have links with self-advocacy groups or day services in your community?
  • Can you distribute a device safely to people with learning disabilities, and support them to learn how to use it?
  • Can you collect information about each person you support - at the start and at the end? And put this information onto the Good Things CaptureIT secure database?
  • Are you ready to get started straight away?

As well as the devices and data, delivery partners will get a grant of £100 for every person they support; the minimum is 10 people + a grant of £1,000. More than 10 devices/£1,000 may be available to a single delivery partner, depending on demand. 

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 15 March.