We are paying for Digital Exclusion case studies and good practice! EXTENDED DEADLINE

HEAR has been working with members to increase understanding of the intersectional and complex nature of Digital Exclusion as part of our policy and campaigns work funded by Trust for London

COVID19 has highlighted how race, disability, poverty, domestic abuse, age, lack of privacy, insecure housing, immigration status and safety online etc., interact to create Digital Exclusion.

Digital by default public health messages and access to services during this pandemic have demonstrated how important it is that local and central government better understand their obligations to provide in real life (IRL) alternatives, reasonable adjustments and full access to public services.HEAR members and wider civil society swift responses, overcoming Digital Exclusion in our under-valued organisations and for beneficiaries whilst also mobilising successful online campaigns securing better responses from public services, shows VCS are on the cutting edge when removing barriers to Digital Exclusion and using digital tools for social inclusion in the sector.

HEAR planned a programme of events sharing good practice, current research and user-led interventions to involve everyone equally in the digital revolution. Those events can’t happen so we are delighted to announce we are asking for applications from members to write case studies, evaluations, briefings, create blogs, vlogs, toolkits, hacks, or content demonstrating good practice in getting intersectional and excluded communities online.

We are offering £300 to write up previously completed work and £500 if you are able to safely deliver work currently to overcome digital exclusion or use digital tools to create social inclusion.This application is meant to be stress free! Do not spend a lot of time on it. At the bottom are the details you MUST include, otherwise apply as quickly and easily as you can. Reports will be shared with our members, policy makers and other stakeholders and included on our online platforms.  

Maximum 2 sides A4 proposal
Application deadline:
EXTENDED UNTIL COCOONING ENDS but applications will be assessed and granted as received. Once we’ve spent the reallocated budget its gone!
Delivery deadline:
You must include:

  1. Organisation or project name
  2. Contact details (name, email and telephone number)
  3. Charity number or description of project if not registered charity
  4. Thecommunity, intersection or barrier the project focuses on
  5. Whatyou plan to write or deliver (e.g., 1000 word case study, 2 page briefing, vlogs of participants)
  6. Whether you are applying for £300 or £500
  7. If you are applying for £500 you must also include when and where the work will be delivered and number of beneficiaries

Case studies of interest:

  • Projects getting digitally excluded online, particularly intersectional Londoners
  • User-led projects and Lived Experience involvement in design, training, projects
  • Safety, risk and protection from scams and phishing to data privacy, safeguarding and online hate
  • Challenging statutory digital exclusion and gaining adjustments or alternatives
  • Digital democracy, consultations and engagement
  • Reinforcing inequalities and lack of digital data
  • Mobilising, campaigning and lobbying online
  • Integrational and intercultural interventions
  • Changing narratives about creators, curators and content; girls that code, hidden figures, Deaf SMS pioneers, diverse emoji
  • Testing accessible tools and technology
  • Difference between digital exclusion and choosing not to go online
  • Connecting at the time of COVID19 – Online Ramadan, immediate solidarity in campaigning, zoom vs facetime vs houseparty vs skype

Your project might cover all or some of these topics. It might be something completely new and not listed. We want diverse, innovative and inspiring work!

Please send applications to mhairi@HEARequality.org.uk or email or call with any questions.

With thanks to our funder Trust for London