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East Renfrewshire Digital Connectivity Fund

Helping local people connect to digital services

In times like this, our digital devices help us stay in touch with friends and family, keep informed, entertained and connected to supports. The Digital Connectivity Support Fund is providing financial help for people from East Renfrewshire who may be struggling to afford digital related bills or to purchase equipment due to Covid-19.

This may include:

  • Payments to households/individuals struggling to meet digital related bills
  • Payments for data / maintaining household / individual Wi-Fi
  • Payments for devices / tablets to individuals
  • Or, potentially, a combination of the above.
A maximum of £150 (one-off payment) per household or up to £200 for a three-month period per household. Please be guided by what you need rather than the maximum amount, so we can help as many people as possible.

Apply for support *Closed for new applications*

Applying is easy! All you have to do is fill a simple online form. If you can’t apply online, just call Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire on 0141 876 9555 and one of our colleagues will help you apply. We will make every effort to make payments as quickly as possible. 

Eligibility Criteria 

Who can apply?

  • Must be resident in East Renfrewshire
  • Only one application per household
  • Residents suffering from money problems due to Covid-19
  • Residents that are isolated or at risk of isolation due to lack of equipment or data access (Shielding and Risk 2 group are a priority)

FAQ’s

Q I have paid my internet package because of the fear of isolation, can I still apply for help?

A Yes as long as you meet the criteria and can submit the bill you have paid; we can reimburse you.

Q I already have internet but it doesn’t last to the end of the month, can I apply to have my package upgraded?

A Yes as long as you meet the criteria you can upgrade your data quota but not your TV package.

Q How long will the payment cover?

A This is a one of payment and will cover up to 3 months subject to funds being available.

Q Can I apply directly or do I need someone to do it for me?

A You can self-refer or an organisation can apply on your behalf e.g. Citizens Advice Bureau, ERC Money Advice and Rights Team

Q Do I need to give the equipment back after 3 months?

A No the device will belong to you, we only ask that you give us feedback on the difference it made.

Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire administers the Digital Connectivity Support Fund on behalf of Barrhead Housing Association as part of the Scottish Government Supporting Communities Funding.

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