The Fibrus Community Fund


Background to the fund:

The Fibrus Community Fund has been established by Fibrus Networks Ltd.

The pandemic has massively increased our use of technology and it now plays a vital role in our daily lives.

Homeschooling during lockdown, with children requiring laptops, tablets and phones, has further exacerbated the digital divide for young people. Some children, and their families, do not have access to adequate technology to enable them to progress.

Data from the ONS in 2019 detailed that, despite how the number of people who can’t or don’t use the internet, has declined in general since 2012, Northern Ireland continues to have the highest proportion of non-internet users across the UK, at 14.2%.

A report released at the end of June by the UK Education and Training Inspectorate suggested that as many as half of the pupils in some post-primary schools did not take part in the remote learning programmes offered by their school.

In addition, older people have been shielding, and often alone, with the only contact possible with families and friends being through a digital device. Yet many did not have access to suitable devices, and/or how to use them to maintain contact with others, and use these devices for shopping etc.

Having suitable equipment, as well as a stable internet connection has also been an issue for many, particularly those living in rural areas.

Many families can only afford one device yet may have a number of children requiring access to online devices for online classes. That has meant that those children have had to share devices, have missed a great deal of opportunity to adequately continue their education during lockdown.

Those who perhaps are already disadvantaged and isolated, are now even more so as a result of the pandemic. The digital divide remains a problem throughout Northern Ireland.

Fund aims:

The fund is aimed at addressing digital poverty by awarding grants of £1,000 to enable local groups and organisations in particular areas, to provide access to digital technology for the most vulnerable in that community, with a particular focus on older people and young people aged 18 and under.

We want the fund to support community organisations who are supporting both young people and older people to address the digital divide.

What is available?

We will offer grants of £1,000 for projects to address any gaps that younger and older people might face in their communities, which may include provision of access to technological devices.

Who is eligible?

Constituted community organisations based in the areas outlined below can apply in round 1:

·        Dundrum

·        Castlewellan

·        Newcastle

·        Ballynahinch

·        Killyleagh

·        Warrenpoint

·        Magherafelt

·        Kilkeel

·        Maghera

·        Rostrevor

·        Coalisland

·        Portstewart

·        Ballycastle

·        Portrush

·        Bushmills

Rural –

·        Killyleagh

·        Coalisland

Eligible postcodes:

BT70
BT71
BT80
BT23
BT24
BT30
BT33
BT31
BT34
BT45
BT46
BT54
BT55
BT56
BT57

In the event of oversubscription we will prioritise organisations that have income below £50,000, and/or those who more clearly articulate the need in relation to the beneficiaries

Applications for funding within the fund theme could be to support:

  • Projects that provide access to engage with a range of digital devices
  • Projects that strengthen the capacity of individuals to use a range of available digital services

We want to prioritise projects that:

  • Focus on the positive contribution of people within the community, and support those most in need of support to use and access digital technologies
  • We want to hear how your community intends to build on the assets within that community, to support those who have faced digital challenges
  • We expect you to focus on the need of your beneficiaries in terms of digital poverty, as well focus on what is good about your community, and how this project will build on previous successes as a community, and support the beneficiary/beneficiaries in the longer term

What we cannot fund:

Please note that the Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes.  Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy.  We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.

In addition the fund will not support:

  • The advancement of religion. This includes organisations whose purposes include advancement of religion;
  • The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the education and libraries (Northern Ireland) order 1972;
  • The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the housing (Northern Ireland) order 1976
  • Trips outside of Northern Ireland
  •  Individual applications
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Running costs of large organisations
  • Holiday schemes
  • Parties and shopping trips
  • Promotion of religious or political activity, including any flags and emblems associated
  • Applications from statutory organisations

 

The fund will close for applications at 1:00pm on Thursday 28 October 2021.

If you require any help with this application, please contact the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland Grants and Donor Care Team on 028 9024 5927.

 

 


Closing Date: Oct 28, 2021 13:00

Oct 28, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Please see detailed list of eligible postcodes

  • Grant size:

  • Grants up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • ● Projects that will target those most in need of support to use and access digital technologies ● Projects that build on the assets within communities, to support those who have faced digital challenges

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