Funding for IT

Computing does not have to be expensive. There are different approaches to getting help with IT equipment, software, training and support. Some is free, some is available through grants and some is available at much reduced rates.

Most of the information below is for national use but local sources for those in West Yorkshire are also mentioned.


You may find that major suppliers of IT equipment are cheaper than those offering specialist services locally. If you do not need the latest hardware there are cheap or free sources of equipment recycled by major companies. Your local computer shop may have second hand items it will give away.

BT Community Connections provides 12 months free broadband service to eligible community groups. Awards will be given to groups who can demonstrate how they would use the broadband in an innovative way to help people get online. BT will be looking at how many people will benefit and how the award would make a positive contribution to your community. Contact at: BT Community Connections, PO Box 6919, London, W1A 8UX.
Tel: 0845 257 6792, Email:                                                     Website:

Airedale Computer Recycling isa non-profit making social enterprise which recycles computers. Contact at: The Active Centre, Stansfield Road, Airedale, Castleford, WFIO 3UA.
Tel: 01977 736283 Email:
ReCOM is a registered charity that provides refurbished PCs to charities and voluntary organisations that serve people with disabilities and disadvantaged. Contact at: ReCOM,
Elite House, 95 Stockfield Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, B27 6AT
Tel: 0121 765 5282 Email:

IT for Charities

IT for Charities is a web-based resource that includes information about companies that supply recycled PCs and/or offer PCs at special charity pricing.

The Arthur Rank Centre - Computers for Rural People

The Arthur Rank Centre is committed to supporting the rural community, and has set up the "Computers for Rural People" scheme to provide computers at very low cost to encourage people to take the first step. Contact at: Computers for Rural People, The Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. CV8 2LG
Tel: 02476 853066 Email:

YCS Computers (local West Yorkshire) Computer recycling at 124 Roundhay Road, Leeds, LS8 5NA
Tel: 0113 235 0174 Email:

Low Cost Refurbished Computer Equipment                                                                    

Environmental Computer Recycling specialise in the sale of Refurbished PCs, Laptops and TFT Monitors to Charities, Low income support families and Businesses on a tight budget across the UK. They have a huge range of refurbished computer related equipment available for sale from their warehouse in Birmingham, and they offer these items at very competitive prices. Contact Tel: 0121 472 3444    Email:   For more information and pricing please visit website:


Antivirus and protection software

Organisations should buy corporate licenses for software from suppliers below. Those of you who use your own personal computers can use free versions of antivirus and antispyware software.


You can download a free version of AVG antivirus which will also scan your email for infections from (URL shortened using TinyURL)


You can download a free version of Avast antivirus software from (URL shortened using TinyURL)


You can download a free version of Superantispyware from Select the LH blue free version button. This version does need to be run manually from time to time to remove any spyware tha your web browser has accumulated.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware

You can download a free version of genuine Ad-Aware antispyware from Use the Green Get Ad-Aware Free (NOT THE PLUS PRODUCT) to get the free version. This version does need to be run manually from time to time to remove any spyware that your web browser has accumulated.


Beware of fake antispyware (some with a similar name such as adaware) which can be downloaded from the internet. Much of this is itself malware that will create pop-ups and causes havoc even after you have paid a fee.
If you have fears about viruses or malware being on your computer that is stopping your computer being protected try: or and use the online tools available.

Free Office Software


OpenOffice is the leading open-source (free) office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers (versions for Windows, Linux or Macs). It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages (including Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access etc Although this software creates its own style of documents it is possible to save these into Microsoft Office formats .doc .xls share with others).
It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose from


The Microsoft Giving programme provides small grants of software; the standard donation is of three pieces, to hundreds of charity and community groups in the UK. Software donated is for use in fundraising or helping to run voluntary organisations.

In order to apply for a donation of up to three pieces of software, charities, education establishments and community groups can e-mail us at or write to Microsoft Giving, PO Box 7961, East Reading, RG6 1XB.

They should provide a brief outline of the project or organisation - concise and factual information that will help us understand how we might be able to assist you - and, where applicable, their registered charity number.

Through the Education Licensing programme Microsoft does offer software and licences at a major discount to all schools, educational institutions and registered charities in the UK. For more information please contact the Education Department Tel: 0870 60 70 800.


CTX - Charity Technology Exchange offers donated technology products from Partners such as Microsoft, Symantec and Cisco to eligible UK Registered Charities and Charitable Housing Associations.

Before you are able to request products, you will need to Register Your Organisation. If your organisation is deemed eligible, you will then be able to place your donation request(s) within their Partners' entitlement guidelines. While the software is provided free of charge they do charge a small administration fee.

For more information and to register go to Website:

You can get discounts for charities when buying software. There are currently offers of discounts of up to 80% on Microsoft Software, up to 60% on Adobe Software, up to 40% on Symantec Software. If there is not a specific rate for charities then educational rates normally apply.

Freeware Guide is awebsite guide to freeware with links to downloads:

Phoenix Software is a software company offering special deals on software and training for the voluntary and community sector. Contact at: Phoenix Software Ltd, Blenheim House
York Road, Pocklington, York, Y042 INS
Tel: 0870 836 8000 Email:

Pugh Computers is one of the UK's leading suppliers of software to the education and voluntary sectors. They currently offer discounts of up to 80% on Microsoft Software, up to 60% on Adobe Software. Contact at: Pugh Computers Ltd., Denver House, LLANON, Aberystwyth, SY23  
Tel: 01974 200217 Fax: 01974 202628 Email:


Community Website Builder

Allows registered UK charities, non-profit making organisations and volunteer led groups or organisations to build and maintain their own web site FREE of charge.

FreeCharity provides free blog hosting and internet services to charities and the non-profit sector. Getting your organization on the Internet shouldn't be expensive or complicated and they specialize in a simple and flexible publishing system that can be used with little to no training. They also provide consultancy on larger projects, specializing in blogging, WordPress, perl, security and web accessibility.


Free Web Sites! You supply the content for the web site and we will develop, host and maintain it for your organisation - completely free of charge.

W3C Markup Validation Service

This free online service will check individual pages of your website to find html code errors. Good code reduces possible accessibility problems and helps to ensure what you put on your website appears correctly whatever browser and settings are being used.

Watchfire WebXact and Bobby Online

IBM bought Watchfire - the company responsible for the Bobby "WebXact" automated accessibility evaluation tools. Their online web check service is no longer available. The RNIB have a useful web page giving information about accessibility and links to other checking tools at (URL shortened using TinyURL)

SavaComp (Bradford)

SavaComp is a not-for-profit organisation, which makes refurbished and recycled computer equipment available to charities and voluntary and community groups at low cost. Telephone 01535 662089 . Website:

Cultrix Ltd

fit4funding can recommend the services of Cultrix who provide us with IT support and web design services.  Contact at: Cultrix Ltd, Kendray Business Centre, Thornton Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 3NA
Tel: 0845 475    Email:

The Microsoft Giving Programme makes a limited number of donations of up to three software products to charities and community groups each year, with a focus on projects that enhance access to technology for disadvantaged communities. Applicants should give a brief outline of their organisation and how the programme might assist it, together with the software titles required and registered charity number where applicable. Email

Community Website Builder allows registered charities, non-profit-making organisations and volunteer-led groups and organisations to build and maintain their own websites free of

Free to Charities will develop, host and maintain the websites of voluntary and community groups free of charge, if they supply the content. More details on


AbilityNet is a charity which provides free information and advice, individual assessment of technology needs, the supply of assistive technology with free support, a programme of awareness education, and consultancy for employers on system and workstation adaptations and web accessibility.

  • · Free of charge overview-level web accessibility testing to voluntary and community sector organisations
  • · Free of charge ad hoc telephone and email support on web accessibility issues


BBC Webwise

BBC guides to using the internet. Website:


Jargon-free magazine providing straightforward, clear information on the use of IT for staff in small to medium-sized voluntary organisations.


The ICT Hub was a government funded partnership of national voluntary and community organisations, which provided a range of services to help voluntary and community sector organisations benefit from ICT. Resources are now managed by NCVO.

IT for Charities

Resource guide for UK charities and non-profit organisations


Register for a volunteer to assist with your IT project.

LASA Knowledgebase

On-line Guide to IT for the Voluntary Sector, published by the London Advice Services Alliance.

My Web My Way

Do you need help in making the web easier to use? This site explains the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you.


Database of technical IT terms Website:


PC4 Recycling

Even if you do not have a formal Environmental Policy you may wish to consider the impact you have on the environment.
PC4 Recycling is a leading computer disposal and recycling company offering a nationwide IT recycling service. Whether you want to recycle 1 item or 100, they can provide safe and environmentally friendly solutions at affordable prices.
Contact Tel: 0800 121 6045 Email:
Fuller details and pricing are on Website:

Some of the information here was originally provided by Bradford CVS, as part of the ChangeUp ICT 'Have IT Your Way' Project.The Have IT Your Way! Project was supported through ChangeUp, funded by the Active Communities Unit

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