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£200,000 to fund life-changing digital projects

The county council is launching a new £200,000 Gloucestershire Digital Innovation Fund, to provide grants to community groups and organisations that help adults live full and independent lives through the power of technology.

The fund launches officially on 3rd March, and organisations can apply for funding of up to £20,000 per project. Funding can be used for technology-led initiatives, whether these are brand new or expanding on existing projects in the county.

Cllr Carole Allaway-Martin, cabinet member for adult social care commissioning, said: "Technology has huge potential to change people's lives and we know there are already some brilliant organisations in the county doing just this.

"Some of the areas we're particularly interested in are tackling social isolation or helping people maintain their independence - but we want to hear your ideas on how technology can help enhance people's lives. We encourage anyone who's interested in the funding to come to one of our workshops to find out more."

The county council is holding two workshops to give organisations more details on the funding, the criteria and the application process. Workshops take place at Springbank Community Resource Centre in Cheltenham on Thursday 27th February 2-4pm and Churchdown Community Association, Parton Road on Monday 2nd March 12-2pm.

There will also be organisations that run successful technology-led projects of their own, such as TECH Connect, Forest Sensory Services, Age UK and Kingfisher Treasure Seekers, to inspire people with examples of their work and answer questions about their experience.

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