The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund is a £14 million fund run by the innovation charity National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), working in partnership with the Cabinet Office.
The first round runs from April until October 2013, and will support innovative ventures and programmes that use social action to achieve impact in the following areas:
- Ageing well: Helping people to age well, particularly by supporting people over 50 years to have a purpose, a sense of well-being and to be connected to others.
- Long-term health: Enabling people with long-term health conditions to have a better quality of life, particularly through the use of peer to peer networks and groups.
- Young people: Supporting and encouraging young people to succeed and find employment, for example through mentoring, coaching, and peer-to-peer networks.
- Impact volunteering: Using new approaches to ‘impact volunteering’ to mobilise volunteers to increase and enhance the outcomes achieved by public services.
Charities, social enterprises, public services and for-profit businesses can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 to support projects that deliver public benefit. In most cases match funding will be required.
Applications can be made at any time via an Expression of Interest form.
The programme will run for the next two years, and will open to applications as NESTA identifies different priorities.