The National Lottery Community Fund has announced the first grants totalling £3.4m from its new Digital Fund, which was launched last autumn with a budget of £15 million.
Further information about the Digital Fund is available on the National Lottery Community Fund website.
A grant of £350,000 will help Wag and Company build a digital infrastructure and lead to the expansion of its model of volunteers visiting care homes with dogs to reduce social isolation.
Meanwhile Addaction will £500,000 to co-design new digital products with users and the Law Centres Network will use its grant to refresh its activity for the digital age.
Diane Morton, founding director of Wag and Company, said:
“As a smaller charity experiencing an increasing demand for our services, we’re over the moon. This Digital Fund grant is going to be transformational for us – we can more than double our activities by 2022 and grow our volunteer base significantly, meaning we can play a bigger part in tackling social isolation among older people in our region.”
The other grantees are:
o Aberlour, a Scottish charity for vulnerable children.
o National Ugly Mugs, which runs a safety platform for sex industry workers.
o Family Lives, an advice service.
o Lancashire Women’s Centre, which wants to develop a solution for early intervention; and
o Children 1st, which wants to transform its helpline service into a digital hub.
Details of the Digital Fund and other National Lottery Community Fund grant programmes can be found on its website.
Wag & Company is a registered charity enabling professionally assessed volunteers and their special dogs to befriend older dog lovers – in their own homes or in care or medical establishments – who miss friendship and the company of a dog.