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Up to eight grants of £20,000 – £40,000 have been made available. Apply to lead a local project to be awarded financial support and access to invaluable digital expertise.

These grants are designed to help solve a variety of problems, from improving smart phone security, making retention of digital information easier, increasing staff awareness of cyber security, and more. If you’ve got an idea, a cyber security problem you’d like to research solutions for, or a pilot to run, check the application guide.

Project leads are expected to recruit 10/12 local services to take part in their projects, and to complete their projects by March 2020. There’s no need to be a digital expert, you’ll be supported by experts throughout your project.

Unsuccessful applicants from the first round of funding are welcome to re-apply but are recommended to refer to the updated Application Guide as the criteria and the types of project being sought may have changed.

To be considered, simply download and return the application form.

Following the first phase of applications for this programme, eight grants were awarded in August. You can read brief details of each project, and a summary of why other grant applications were not successful, here.  We hope that this will be useful for those considering applying in this second phase.

Please note that successful applicants will be asked to sign a grant agreement, the format of which can be downloaded here.

You can read responses to questions received before the deadline for clarification requests of 1st October 2019 at Local grant clarifications 191004.

All applications close Midnight on Friday 11th October 2019