Cellnex Digital Inclusion Fund- £500 Awards

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Fund Criteria

The Cellnex Digital Inclusion Fund (up to £500) is offering small awards from groups of local residents or grassroots constituted community groups who want to get a new project or activity up and running. The Fund will focus on three main areas:

  • Empowering communities and places
  • Increasing confidence, skills and motivation
  • Affordability, accessibility and connectivity.

Who can apply?

If you’re a group of local residents who want to get a new digital inclusion project or activity up and running, or a constituted community group with an income of £2,500 or less, then you can apply. 

You need to be based in one of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester and be planning to run your activity in the area where you live.

How much can you apply for?

The maximum award request that will be considered is £500.

What can you apply for?

Local communities understand how they can best work to promote digital inclusion in their communities. We don’t want to limit the type of request you can make, let us know what you want to do and what positive things your activity will provide for people in your community, as long as it achieves one of the 3 themes above. 

Some examples of digital inclusion projects include:

  • Sessions aimed at helping people in your community to develop digital skills
  • provide digital-based training to young people
  • improve online access for jobseekers
  • refurbished computers for the local community
  • access to technology to tackle social isolation
  • making community information accessible to all
  • online support service for the community.

To learn more about digital inclusion, what the issues are in Greater Manchester and further information about this topic, please see the Greater Manchester Digital Inclusion Strategy.

Is there anything you can’t apply for?

Unfortunately, there are a few things that can’t be funded, such as activities that have already taken place or been paid for, contributions to major appeals, activities promoting political or religious beliefs and activity which should be provided by statutory services.

If you’re not sure if we could consider your application for funding, please contact a member of the Forever Manchester Communities Team, email awards@forevermanchester.com and we’ll be happy to help.

Supporting Documents

If you will have Under 18’s or Vulnerable Adults attending your project you must have a Safeguarding Policy in place. If you are a constituted community group you will need to provide a recent bank statement in your group name.

Please get in touch if you’re at all unsure on the above, please contact us at awards@forevermanchester.com or phone 0161 214 0940.

Deadline for Applications

The Fund will close once all funding has been fully allocated. Please note if we are oversubscribed the Fund may close at short notice.

How long will a decision take?

We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 8 weeks of submission. Please do not plan to start any activity until after you hear if your application has been successful.

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provide further information on our funding programmes. We encourage you to have a look if you would like to know a bit more about who can apply and what the application process involves.

If you have difficulty accessing the application form or require a different format please contact awards@forevermanchester.com or call the Awards Team on 0161 214 0940 and select option 1. 

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About You
These are the details that will be used for correspondence purposes.
First Contact

Second Contact- this should be somebody who is involved in the project and be contacted in case of your absence

About Your Group

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About Your Project

The Fund will focus on three main themes that align with the Greater Manchester Digital Inclusion Strategy as follows:
  • Empowering communities and places
  • Increasing confidence, skills and motivation
  • Affordability, accessibility and connectivity.

Numbers only

Numbers only

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If you are a constituted community group with a bank account any award will be paid into the account you have already told us about (on Page 2).

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Using your personal information
By completing this application form, you accept that Forever Manchester will have access to the personal data about you and other individuals named.


As a necessary part of the application process, Forever Manchester will collect personal data about you and other people connected with your organisation. The personal data we collect includes name, address, telephone number, email address and could also include date of birth and photographs.


We will use the information you give us during assessment and during the life of your award (if successful) to manage and monitor the award and check the money is being used appropriately. 


If you do not give us consent to use this data, we will not be able to process your application.


We hold and store your information in line with the Data Protection legislation currently in force. For more information explaining how we use your information, please see our privacy policy which can be found on our website by clicking here.

Forever Manchester would like to follow up successful applicants and potentially feature them in publicity activities.  This could include featuring the work of your organisation on our website or social media channels. 


Please tick the box to confirm that if your application is successful, you are happy for Forever Manchester to use information about your group or project for publicity purposes. If you would prefer not to feature in any publicity, don’t worry, not ticking this will not affect the outcome of your award application.

If successful we agree to spend any award as outlined in our application form or specified within the award letter. Should we be unable to continue with the awarded project or there are any changes to the way in which we wish to spend the award, we will contact Forever Manchester first. 

If there are any details missing from your form or we have any questions, we will be in touch so that you can tell us more.

If you’ve got any questions please contact our Communities Team on 0161 214 0940 or awards@forevermanchester.com.

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