The Greater Manchester Technology Fund
The Greater Manchester Technology Fund is an emergency response to help support digitally-excluded young people with the technology and connectivity needed to continue their learning at home while schools and colleges remain closed.
Despite the National Government Programme of support, GMCA estimates that 15,000-20,000 young people will still be left behind, unable to continue their learning remotely.
Greater Manchester businesses are asked to support the fund to address digital and social exclusion in Greater Manchester and ensure young people across the city-region have equal access to learning and opportunity, regardless of background or situation.
Diane Modahl, Lead for the Greater Manchester Tech Fund: "Young people themselves told us about their anxieties over keeping connected digitally. Young people in our city-region who do not have easy access to these opportunities face being marginalised and at a disadvantage to their peers."
How can you help?
We are appealing to businesses help us support young people to thrive by pledging to:
- Donate new devices particularly laptops, Chromebooks and iPads
- Donate data packages, portable hotspots, dongles and other connectivity devices
- Donate pre-loved working devices under 8 years old which will be repurposed by charity, Business in the Community to support a young person in schools or colleges in GM.
- Make a financial donation to enable us to purchase devices and data connectivity packages
Individuals wishing to make a donation can do so by emailing GMCAdigital@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk with the details of the donation you would like to make
How to access support
To ensure the Greater Manchester Technology Fund can support those young people most in need across Greater Manchester, we are inviting local schools and colleges with pupils at risk of digital exclusion to get in touch to identify their needs and requirements.
Support to help Greater Manchester residents at risk of digital exclusion is also available through the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities
Young people in Greater Manchester who are currently in education can access support through the Prince's Trust Development Awards which help young people cover the cost of course fees, tools or equipment to achieve their goals.