In November 2018 the Government launched a £1 million fund to improve digital leadership skills in the charity sector.

The launch of the Digital Leadership Fund follows a commitment in the Civil Society Strategy to help charities build their digital confidence. The funding will be used to expand, improve or rework existing programmes to help charity leaders bolster their digital skills and understanding of how technology can improve their organisation.

Local winner

Amongst the charities recently announced as receiving money from the fund, is Cornwall Museums Partnership, which plans to use the funding to expand its rural digital leadership programme.

Cornwall Museums Partnership develops and manages collaborative programmes of work which are designed to help raise museum standards, engage with more people and to be sustainable and resilient.


Together with Bird & Gorton, they will run a Digital Leadership Retreat at Bedruthan Steps from 20 – 22 March. The retreat is designed for pairs of leaders from cultural charities, representing both the board (either as chair or trustee) and the management team (either as CEO or senior leader). Applications open on 8 February and the full details can be viewed on their website.

Four one-day seminars will also take place in Exeter and Cornwall on 14, 15, 25 & 26 March, aimed at cultural leaders who are curious about digital leadership and how making better use of digital could benefit their charity. Places are £20 per person and organisers welcome more than one person from each organisation.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright, said,

We want charitable organisations to thrive in the digital age and are committed to helping them get the most out of technology, which can act as an enormous force for good. Through this programme, charity leaders will have more opportunities to enhance skills and boost employee confidence while creating a greater and more positive impact on people and their communities.


Cornwall VSF has compiled a list of free or affordable digital resources for VCSE organisations, these can be viewed here and here.