The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is inviting groups of local authorities working together to apply for grants of up to £350,000 to improve public services through innovative uses of digital technology.
The funding is being made available through round 2 of the £7.5 million Local Digital Fund.
The type of projects funded could range from making people’s lives easier with more efficient, online ways to pay for services or get help, to embracing tech to support vulnerable people or making bin collections, social housing repairs and taxi licensing services more efficient.
Only councils in England are eligible to lead on applications; councils in other parts of the UK are still eligible to partner on applications.
All project applications will need to include at least 3 partner local authorities that have signed the Local Digital Declaration.
The closing date for applications is the 16th September 2019.
For questions about an application to the Local Digital Fund, contact the Local Digital team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous projects supported include:
- A grant of £69,300 to Birmingham City Council to investigate how the use of virtual assistants or chatbots, such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, could improve the provision of care for people in need.
- A grant of £100,000 to Stockport Local Authority to help frontline children’s services workers access the information they need to assess what support to offer and judge safeguarding risk by building a prototype to view the information easily.