Call title – Lump Sum Digital Interventions Call – OC00S20X1772

Call closes – 30 September 2020

Download the full funding specification – call specification >

Funding of up to £257,500 for Less Developed Regions is available for projects helping to address the digital divide in response to Coronavirus. This will be to deliver additional bolt-on activity to existing ESF projects.

This Call seeks to address two of the main ‘access’ issues associated with digital exclusion. The first is that of having physical access to the internet, i.e. a device that will allow the user to access the internet. The second is the issue of data poverty.

Applications are invited from organisations to deliver short-term activity to existing ESF participants as a “bolt-on” to the ESF support they are currently receiving. The short-term activity will consist of projects procuring and loaning an appropriate device (e.g. tablet, laptop) and providing a three-month allowance of data, provided via a data dongle, to existing ESF participants. Activity will also include a small amount of set up support to enable users to understand functionality and get online.

Projects can be funded at 100% ESF through this Call. No upper or lower financial limit will be applied to project applications made against this Call. This will enable smaller, locally based organisations to apply for funding and also provides scope for larger organisations to apply to deliver larger scale projects where they have identified sufficient demand for provision.

All activity to enable participants to receive the equipment, any initial set up support, and defrayal of all expenditure must be completed by 31 December 2020.

The funding comes from the European Social Fund (ESF) and forms part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme which aims to deliver economic regeneration for the region from 2014-2020.

For full details of the call, please download the call specification >

Applicant Support

To support applicants, the Access to the Programme Team, funded by technical assistance, offer free specialist support for applicants and can be contacted on accesstotheprogramme@cornwalldevelopmentcompany.co.uk or 01872 323248.

The Team have a range of specialisms including the Cross Cutting Themes.  Applicants are encouraged to engage with the team.

Further information about the European Social Fund can be found here >

Full Application Submission

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and submit your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT System. To support applicants, the Access to the Programme Team, funded by technical assistance, is running two online workshops on the e-claims processs on 16th and 17th September. For more information and to register visit here.