GM Tech Fund - Business Donation Form

Closes 15 Sep 2023

Opened 16 Jun 2022

Overview

The GM Tech Fund, which has supported a total of 3,527 people, was first established in 2020 to support digitally excluded young people with the technology and connectivity needed to continue their learning at home whilst schools and colleges were closed and continued to support students during the second closure in 2021.   

In response to the increased cost of living in Britain and concerns around the impact of this on our poorest households, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester has launched phase 3 of the Greater Manchester Technology Fund (GM Tech Fund).   

 The Mayor, has called on the business community in Greater Manchester to support disadvantaged families across the region during these challenging times, by donating the technology and connectivity needed to get online.

Why your views matter

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Greater Manchester Tech Fund. 

By supporting this campaign, you will be helping support some of our most vulnerable young people who face additional challenges, by helping them get online and maximise their access to opportunities in education and other areas. Digital inclusion is a key enabler for our young people to achieve better outcomes in life and has never been more important than it is now, following on from two years of disrupted schooling due to the pandemic. 

Please use this form to submit details of the donation you would like to make to support Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and Special Educational Need and Disabilities (SEND) schools in Greater Manchester, via the Greater Manchester Technology Fund. 

PRUs are alternative education provision for young people for whom mainstream education is not appropriate. SEND schools refer to schools for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. 

We are currently only accepting donations of new or preloved digital devices. If donations are received which exceed the amount required for PRU and SEND schools these will be allocated to another priority group. 

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) will assess the needs of all institutions who apply for support, and match this up to donations and skills support offered by Greater Manchester businesses. We will distribute provision, accordingly, based on need, priority, and the resources available. 

GMCA cannot guarantee all donations or support will be accepted if they do not meet eligibility requirements. 

 

The GM Tech Fund donation eligibility requirements for device donations are: 

  • No devices should be any older than 8 years old 

  • Laptop devices with a minimum 13” Screen, i5 Processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage (Windows 10 to be uploaded prior to donation). 

  • iPad devices – 32GB storage, Wi-Fi enabled with integrated keyboard case. Minimum 10.2” screen. 

  • Chromebook Devices with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. Minimum 11” touch screen to enable the use of Play store apps. Built-in camera and microphone. 

  • iPad Devices – 32GB Wi-Fi enabled with integrated keyboard case. Minimum 10.2” Screen 

  • Laptop Devices with a minimum 13” Screen, i5 Processor and 8GB/256GB (Windows 10 to be uploaded prior to donation) 

 

Devices will be wiped securely through local tech refurb businesses, and will be installed with the relevant software if necessary before being delivered to the schools. 

Once donated, schools will be fully and solely responsible for maintenance, upkeep, security, and (when applicable) responsible disposal of the devices. You will not be responsible for the devices once you have donated them. Both schools and your organisation will be required to sign a Terms of Receipt. 

Please note: the Greater Manchester Tech Fund is a fund to provide digital connectivity for the most disadvantaged young people. Please think carefully about the support you would like to offer, or where your digital equipment could be best utilised by education institutions.  

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Audiences

  • Businesses

Interests

  • Combined Authority
  • Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Digital
  • Young people