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Don’t miss out on IT for communities

Love might be in the air, but with the deadline of Valentine’s Day, February 14 approaching, community venues are being encouraged to submit applications to a fund to bring new IT equipment to local areas.

The fund is to help community venues purchase IT equipment as a way of encouraging greater use of technologies.

The fund is being introduced now in preparation for Herefordshire’s broadband network through the Borders Broadband project.

Natalia Silver, project director for the Borders Broadband, said: “It’s one thing getting better broadband in the county, but we also want to see people use it and make the most of the new technologies.

“One of the barriers to using technologies is having the equipment and this fund will enable local people to access hardware at a local level for information, recreation and communication”.

The grants are for up to £2,000 (with the applicant finding 20 per cent of that fund) to cover the purchase of new equipment such as a laptop, projector, screen or other technology that local groups would find useful.

Village halls and community centres can apply along with town or parish councils on behalf of the facilities.

For a copy of the application form contact the council’s delegated grants team at the Council on 01432 260753.

For more information regarding the Borders Broadband Project visit