In response to the increased cost of living, there are a number of schemes available to help residents get online.
Support is available around reducing isolation by getting online, support with broadband costs and boosting your online skills.
Get Online Greater Manchester
Get Online Greater Manchester helps you to access local, regional and national support to get online. Get Online GM brings together the support available for residents to get online from across all ten Greater Manchester Local Authority Area's and across the UK, into one place to help you find the right support for you.
Help with broadband costs
You could get help with your broadband and phone bills.
Social tariffs, for example, can provide a safety net for households who might need help with their broadband or phone services.
Greater Manchester Databank
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is working with Good Things Foundation to deliver the National Databank locally.
The Greater Manchester Databank will help support residents on low incomes from becoming at further disadvantage by being unable to access the opportunities digital access brings.
A 'food bank for connectivity data’, the Databank is helping thousands of people to get connected by giving community groups and charities access to free data.
Greater Manchester Technology Fund
We have recently launched phase three of the Greater Manchester Technology Fund (GM Tech Fund) which was first established in 2020.
The business community is being encouraged to support families across the region by donating technology and connectivity to the fund.
The fund has so far supported over 3,537 people to date, with the technology and connectivity needed to continue their learning at home whilst schools and colleges were closed.