Applications for the digital grants are paused, for the time being, as we focus on fundraising for those who have already applied. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to make these grants possible.
Afrotech Fest digital grants
Afrotech Fest is offering small digital grants to help families get and stay connected during this period of isolation.
We are offering two grant types to support families and young people whose education may be negatively affected by a combination of school closures and ongoing digital exclusion.
There have been many conversations around new ways people are using the internet, including how we stay connected to each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online tools have provided innovative means of replicating in-person interactions with family, friends and even cultural institutions. However, people who experience digital exclusion due to entrenched inequalities will not be able to access these new modes of communication. Additionally, many of those who previously relied on public spaces such as libraries have also found themselves without a core means of accessing learning, health and employment information due to self-isolation and lockdown measures.
For some families, there will be an added pressure on resources due to children having to learn from home. Many parents will now worry about how to pay for their first or additional laptops, ensuring uninterrupted broadband access, and feel an added responsibility for their children’s learning outcomes.
We wanted to explore who would find digital grants such as this valuable, so we spoke to Kayla (28), who has two children. Kayla is a single parent to two teenagers. She is a self-employed fitness trainer, forced to use the family laptop to maintain her income now that she’s working from home. At the moment, they all share a single device, but her children need the laptop for schoolwork.
Supporting more families like Kayla’s is exactly what we’re hoping to do with these grants.
Black/mixed people of African descent (from anywhere in the African diaspora, including the Caribbean and, North and Latin America)
Families with young people who are 16 and under
Applicants will need to meet all of the eligibility criteria to successfully apply.
We’re offering two small grants:
Get connected - £250
A small grant towards a device for a young person. This can be a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Stay connected - £100
A grant to help with Broadband or mobile phone bills, software subscription or even computer accessories like keyboards.
The selection process will be carried out by the project organisers in collaboration with the Kwanda team. Factors we will consider include whether the households have parent(s) who are key workers or single parents.
Many thanks to our current partners
Partnering with us
We would like to work with organisations, companies or individuals to extend these grants to as many families as possible. This is an opportunity to have a positive impact on a young person’s ability to engage and participate online, and maintain access to educational resources/forums/spaces that parents are relying on now more than ever.
If you would like to partner with us do get in touch.