The Royal Borough of Greenwich Community Champions programme has received funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to improve digital inclusion for groups at high risk from COVID-19. Several pilot project ideas have already been co-developed with local people, that communities are now invited to help deliver. 

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is looking to work with community networks, centres and champions groups, to develop and deliver digital projects in the borough. There are four types of projects available for you to get involved with.

An IT device lending scheme: the Council will provide three to five mid-range tablets for local groups to loan to individuals in the community on a case-by-case basis. Tablets will be insured and supported through the Council IT service desk. Groups will receive training packs to support members of the community on how  to use the tablet, and guidelines for running a lending service, including FAQs.

A mobile data/4G data scheme: the Council will provide three to five 4G dongles (a modem with the ability to connect to wireless or mobile broadband) for community groups to distribute to local people who have no low-cost internet access at home and who are interested in using their own devices to use the internet. The dongles will be provided with a pre-determined payment including a low-cost contract for service users to opt into.

A community WiFi scheme: the Council will install WiFi routers and WiFi boosters to improve internet access in community centres and shared spaces, supported through a contract which you would contribute as a community or association. We’d need you to show that the majority of residents in your local area want to use the service. 

Digital skills training: the Council will provide digital skills training materials and coaches to deliver basic digital training to groups online and face-to-face where possible. Groups can participate in two ways:

(1) Community Champions “Train-the-trainer”, where the Royal Borough of Greenwich will provide training packs and training to Community Champions to distribute and share with their networks. This is focused on reaching harder-to-reach and digitally excluded communities.

(2) Community Centre and Group Training, where the Royal Borough of Greenwich will provide community centres and community groups with training materials to deliver to their service users.    

Who is eligible to apply?

  • You must represent a network, community centre or community group, supporting at-risk individuals through the coronavirus pandemic.
  • You must be able to successfully deliver one or more of the offered services
  • Your project must be located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and support borough residents.
Individuals who work for the Royal Borough of Greenwich and elected Members of the Royal Borough of Greenwich are not eligible to apply under the scheme.

How will applications be assessed?

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
  • Potential for reach and impact with disadvantaged and at-risk groups (40 per cent weighting)
  • Potential for complimenting the Community Champions or other existing programmes (30 per cente weighting)
  • Ability to deliver the project effectively within scope (30 per cent weighting)
The Royal Borough of Greenwich will select projects that meet the above criteria and which provide diversity of project types and locations.