Charities and community groups across the UK can now apply for cash grants through TalkTalk’s Innovation in the Community Awards 2008.
The awards, in conjunction with Citizens Online, will give 30 organisations cash grants of £2,000 each to fund technology related projects, as well as technology equipment to help them make the most of the Internet. Five overall winners will also win a one-to-one workshop with dotcom entrepreneur and co-founder of lastminute.com Martha Lane Fox.
TalkTalk is the home phone and broadband company from The Carphone Warehouse.
In 2007, 30 winning UK charities and community groups used the grants to implement essential technology projects, from chat rooms on health issues to web-based support networks and other digital technologies.
Pamela Thornes, Fundraising Manager for teenage cancer charity The Laura Crane Trust, said: “The funding we received through the Innovation in the Community Awards has given the Laura Crane Trust the confidence to go ahead with its plans to create a social networking site purely for young people aged 13-24 affected by cancer.
“The site will be launched later this year, and will let young people chat with others in similar situation to them and be a huge network of emotional support. Without The Innovation in the Community Award none of this would have been possible so we cannot thank TalkTalk enough.”
Applications are open until 30 September 2008. Winners will be notified by 25 October 2008. The awards ceremony at the House of Lords and one-to-one workshops with Martha Lane Fox, will take place in November 2008.