The Greater Manchester Technology Fund
In response to the increased cost of living in Britain and concerns around the impact of this on our poorest households, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester has launched phase 3 of the Greater Manchester Technology Fund (GM Tech Fund).
The Mayor, has called on the business community in Greater Manchester to support local students from Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) schools during this difficult time, by donating the technology and connectivity needed to get online. A lack of digital access and skills can have huge negative impact on a person’s life, leading to increased loneliness and social isolation, less access to jobs and education.
What is the GM Tech Fund?
The GM Tech Fund was first established in 2020 to support digitally-excluded young people with the technology and connectivity needed to continue their learning at home whilst schools and colleges were closed and continued to support students during the second closure in 2021.
To date the fund has supported a total of 3,527 people and 132 schools and colleges since it launched, thanks to the generous donations of local organisations and the business community.
How can you support it?
The Greater Manchester Technology Fund is another way that our businesses can contribute to the Greater Manchester effort to address digital and social exclusion and ensure local students from SEND and PRU schools have equal access to learning and opportunity, regardless of background or situation.
If you are in a position to be able to support these students to get connected you can do so in the following ways
We are looking for businesses to:
- Donate new devices particularly laptops, Chromebooks and iPads
- Make a financial donation to enable us to purchase kit and connectivity
- Donate preloved working devices which will be repurposed
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.
Other support schemes
Free broadband for job seekers from TalkTalk
Free mobile connectivity for charities from Vodafone