New Funding to Help Older People in Medway Get Online

Kent Community Foundation is delighted to announce the Medway Better Connected Fund has new funding to support digital inclusion.

Digital Inclusion often affects the elderly as they may not have the skills to use computers or smart phones and may not have access to the internet. Grants of up to £5,000 from the Medway Better Connected Fund will be available via Kent Community Foundation   to upgrade equipment, purchase new equipment or to provide digital training skills.


Natalie Smith, Director of Grants and Impact, Kent Community Foundation, said, “We are delighted that Medway Council has asked us to facilitate the distribution of this much needed funding to support digital inclusion in the local community. Digital inclusion is now more important than ever. The pandemic  has necessitated a much greater use of online services, but not everyone has the digital devices, the internet, or the skills they need to fully participate in it and this funding will go some way to redress the balance. Many community groups and charities have digital inclusion programmes for those who are isolated and have no access to the digital arena and we look forward to receiving applications from them for financial support”

The Fund will open with  £50,000, which  will primarily support digital inclusion amongst the older members of the community in Medway and applications will only be considered where the planning or development of digital inclusion programmes  is done by people  from the Medway area.

To apply to Kent Community Foundation for funding from the Medway Better Connected Fund please visit and if you have any questions, please email


About the Medway Better Connected Fund

This fund will support

  • Upgrading equipment to enable you to deliver online support / services, or improve delivery of current services
  • Purchasing of new equipment to enable you to deliver your support / services online and/or to be used to provide training to service users
  • Digital skills training – upskilling staff / volunteers


The fund will not support

  • Purchasing equipment that will be loaned or given to service users

For applications visit

The closing date for applications is 30th June.

About Kent Community Foundation

Grant-maker Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for twenty years. In this time, it has distributed over £50 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

They are part of a UK wide accredited network of forty-seven Community Foundations who are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need the help.

Responsible for more than eighty philanthropic funds, Kent Community Foundation is unrivalled in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.