Fibrus, which is rolling out broadband in the county, has partnered up with Cumbria Community Foundation to launch Fibrus Community Fund Cumbria.

The company said the fund’s main goal was to support those experiencing digital poverty in rural areas, with a particular focus on grassroots organisations and community groups. Successful grants will be allocated to support “on-the-ground digital technology projects” which make key differences to communities, enhancing people’s lives and wellbeing.

Fibrus’ CEO, Dominic Kearns, said: “We will invest £60,000 in the Fibrus Community Fund Cumbria in 2023, to give back to some of the organisations doing wonderful work to enhance and support towns and villages across Cumbria.

“We’re looking for projects specifically aimed at young people who need greater access to technology or connectivity, as well as initiatives that combat digital exclusion among those more vulnerable in our society.”