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DCMS provides £1 million to help charities go digital



The Government has announced funding of £1 million to support programmes helping charities to improve their digital skills.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said the money follows a commitment in the Civil Society Strategy and will help to expand relevant training programmes.

It has created a Digital Leadership Fund to give charities free access to training or heavily subsidised courses to boost their digital skills and develop a wider understanding of how technology can help them.

This will include learning how to maximise online fundraising tools, build a social media presence and modernise their operational delivery by embedding updated IT systems.

DCMS indicated it could also take in learning how to harness emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to achieve their charitable objectives.

The fund supports the Government’s recently published Civil Society Strategy, which outlined plans to help charities build their digital capabilities to benefit service users and wider society.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright (pictured) said: “We want charitable organisations to thrive in the digital age and are committed to helping them get the most out of technology, which can act as an enormous force for good.

“Through this programme, charity leaders will have more opportunities to enhance skills and boost employee confidence while creating a greater and more positive impact on people and their communities.”

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