Free Laptops, Computers, Software & Grant Funding For UK Charities

Free laptops, computers, software and grant funding to buy these for UK charities. There are 4 sections - free laptops, computers and IT support, free software for charities, tech for good grant funding, and sources of digital tools and online learning.

Free Laptops, Computers, Software & Grant Funding For UK Charities

Free laptops, computers, software for UK charities, including IT support and equipment, as well as technology grant funding. There are 4 sections - free laptops, computers and IT support, free software for charities, IT technology grant funding, and sources of digital tools & online learning. For free laptops and other tech for individuals and families, use this resource instead.

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A range IT technology support for UK charities and of providers of free and discounted laptops, computers and support to use these for UK charities and non-profits.

Free Laptops & Computers For UK Charities

  1. Green Root Tech - Free refurbished computers, IT hardware, and software services for UK charities.
  2. IT for Charities - list of charities/companies that dispose of and/or provide refurbished IT, not all free.
  3. Computers for Charities - charity providing low cost IT
  4. ComputerAid - very low cost refurbished IT for non-profits.
  5. IT Schools Africa - e-learning technology to improve life opportunities for school students and local communities in Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
  6. Screen Share - support, inform and advocate for digital inclusion for young refugees, in the UK, primarily by repurposing and providing laptops.
  7. Computers For The Disabled - a charity that provides disabled people and the elderly with used laptops, iPads and iPhones.

IT Technology For Charities - Free Support

There are a number of providers for free IT support for charities.

  1. Donate Code - designer & developer volunteer network
  2. Digital Candle – Helpline: free 1 hr phone call with a digital expert
  3. Founders & Coders - design, build and test new digital services

And if you're Scottish (like me!), there's the Scottish Tech Army.

Whilst not free and I don't normally recommend private companies, Pam Vick has been hugely helpful in supporting Charity Excellence, so check out the Gallery Partnership.  They provide an entire suite of affordable IT services and software systems for charities.

Find Far More Free Laptops, IT Support & Grant Funding For Charities

This is just a a small selection of the free IT equipment and support, and tech grant funding available.  Find funding using the Funding Finder database Tech Funding search category and far more sources of free laptops, computers and IT support using the Help Finder database Laptops & Hardware, Software & IT Support or Websites, Social Media & Apps search categories.  For free data visualisation apps and software, use Data Finder.

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Microsoft 365 may be the best known, but they also offer other free or discounted software and there is a surprisingly large number of others who offer free software too.

Free Microsoft 365 & Other Software for Charities

Mircosoft provides donated and discounted solutions to charities.  Organisations must be registered or exempt charities or churches.  The most popular products are:

And you can also access their digital skills centre for non profits.

Free Charity CRM Software

  1. Red Cloud – donation manager – suite of software, CRM, donations etc.
  2. Grant Seeker.Fluxx – entry level version is free.  Need to set up as UK.

Free Charity Website Hosting

  1. Chess - community web kit
  2. WordPress: blogs & websites
  3. Kualo – free of discounted website hosting for UK registered charities

Other Free Software For Charities


  1. Benchmarking - core & advanced accounts
  2. SAGE Foundation – SAGE software donations.

Work Management

  1. FaceBook - workplace collaboration software
  2. G Suite - workplace management software
  3. Slack – digital workspace collaboration
  4. Trello – project management software
  5. MRBS – web based meeting room/resources booking system


  1. Piktochart – create infographics
  2. Easel – create infographics
  3. Venngage – create infographics - non profit discount


  1. Gimp – open source image editor
  2. Pexels – photos and video
  3. Canva – design tool
  4. Crello – pro design tool, free to non-profits
  5. Wordswag – create text over photos


  1. Wikipedia - list of free and open source software organisations
  2. Anchor - create, edit and distribute podcasts
  3. Hotjar - online behaviour and voice tracking
  4. Hootsuite - social media management - basic version is free
  5. Oracle Net Suite – software donations and services
  6. Microsoft - free 365 software
  7. Facebook fundraising tools for non-profits
  8. Survey Monkey – surveys
  9. Hemingway – content analysis tool
  10. Google – You Tube non-profit
  11. Bitly – Goods: URL shortener, for social media posts
  12. Freepdfconvert – PDF to Excel converter
  13. GNU PSPP - statistical analysis of sampled data, very similar to SPSS
  14. R Project - software environment for statistical computing and graphics


There are a number of charitable foundations that make IT technology grant funding available for tech 4 good and projects and equipment, such as laptops. Use the free Funding Finder grants database Tech category to find far more.

Access Foundation - Tech Grant Funding For The Disadvantaged & Vulnerable

Our brilliant partners at Access Not For Profit, who provide charity management software, set up the (completely independent) Access Foundation in 2021, so it's not that well known.

They offer grants of between £20k to £100K to UK charities and social enterprises focused on changing people’s lives by helping them bridge the digital divide.  They want to enable vulnerable and disadvantaged people to get access to the education, facilities and resources they need to engage with the digital world and open up the opportunities for better employment, mental health and reduced isolation which that brings.

If your organisation is trying to help in this way, they'd be delighted to receive an application.  They are particularly interested in areas, which feature highly on the deprivation index, but are also organisations which aim to bridge the digital divide for people disadvantaged in other ways (such as mental or physical disability).

They fund discrete projects or activities where the beneficial impact can be measured in clear quantitative and qualitative terms.  There is further information and an on-line application on their website.

Grant Funding for Charity Laptops & Other Tech

Here are some of the 50+ tech funders in the Funding Finder database - use the Tech search category.

  1. Bailey Gifford - grassroots community organisations across Scotland.  Funds a variety of activities, including IT and tech.
  2. Bethnall Green Ventures - funding accelerator twice a year that gives out monetary support, mainly to start-ups, using tech to drive social and environmental change.
  3. Clothworkers Foundation – will fund IT, including digital/audio visual equipment.
  4. Comic Relief - Tech for good.
  5. DCMS - occasional tech for good grants and support for charities.
  6. Eddie and Vanessa George Memorial Fund – grants for IT training for people in Cornwall.
  7. Family Fund – computers and tablets for disabled people and their families.
  8. Fat Beehive Foundation - grants relating to the use of Information Technology.
  9. Misys Charitable Foundation - public education in communications and IT, and their application in commerce.
  10. National Lottery Digital Fund - using digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive.
  11. Nesta - large-scale innovation for challenges such as healthcare, public services and infrastructure.
  12. Rothley Trust - with charitable work in NE England.
  13. Social Tech Trust – previously Nominate, transforming lives with technology.
  14. Thomas Wall Trust - up £5,000 towards specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning likely to assist employment prospects.  Registered charities, with income under £0.5m pa.
  15. WCIT – pro bono support and grants.
  16. W G Edwards Charitable Foundation - registered charities providing care for older people in the UK.
  17. Zing - investment, connections and access to technology expertise to early stage youth impact organisations.

Global Sources Of IT Support & Grant Funding

  1. Impact Challenge - asks local nonprofit innovators and social entrepreneurs how they would make their community—and beyond—an even better place. Opportunities announced on a rolling basis.
  2. J P Morgan Tech For Good - volunteering, mentorship and pro bono consulting and board service
  3. Microsoft Social Entrepreneurship - supports social impact start-ups with technology, connections and grants.
  4. Tata Trusts – wide range of programmes, including digital inclusion and transformation.
  5. The Mozilla Foundation - connectivity and open internet initiatives for advocacy and on-the-ground work. They have annual tech grants for regionally targeted work
  6. Wikipedia - links to free software project foundations in the US.

Other Ways To Find Charity Grant Funding For IT Projects, Computers & Laptops

Rather than search for a funder of technology, look for a funder who would be interested in what their grant would achieve. Here are some ideas:

  1. Allen Lane Foundation - small grants for start-up, core or project costs.
  2. Comic Relief – £500 capacity building grants for small grass roots community groups, with income under £250k.

If you want more like these, download the Start-Ups & new Ideas, or the Crisis & Growth funder lists from the income questionnaire.

Alternatively, look for funders who would be interested in your project outcomes. For example, if your project will support young people's mental health, try funders that support young people and/or mental health.  The free Funding Finder database will do this for you, including filtering funders, to find those that meet both categories.


There are lots of free digital and tech online learning and tools available for charities.

Toolkits To Find Free IT/Digital Tools

The Charity Excellence Framework taps into the huge collective expertise of the sector, using its 1000s of resource base links.  Here are a couple.

  1. TechforgoodCAST – social impact tech resources on Git Hub
  2. Digital Maturity Frameworks Overview – 57 digital tools, sortable

Free Online Learning For Digital & Tech

  1. Digital Garage – Google’s online learning; data, tech, digital marketing
  2. Hub Spot Academy – online marketing, sales and digital
  3. Accenture – online digital skills, from basic to advanced

A Free One Stop Shop for Everything Your Charity Needs

  • Funding Finder - with categories for Core Funding and Small Charities & Community Groups.
  • Help Finder – including free fundraising help and companies that make donations.
  • Data Finder – for fundraising bids & research, impact reporting, planning and campaigning.

Plus, 50+downloadable funder lists, 8 online health checks and the huge resource base.

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In addition to the 6 systems within Charity Excellence, we provide a range of free Artificial Intelligence (AI) services.

  • Enabling you to find funding, help, resources and data.
  • Ask Me Anything – answering almost any question about running your charity.
  • Funding Bid Writer Service.
  • Welfare support and funding for individuals.
  • Charity & non-profit facts and popular questions, for the public and media.

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