Grants are available for organisations to carry out UK-based or international projects that use digital technology to improve the lives of the disadvantaged and vulnerable and to strengthen communities.
Funding and support is provided to enable entrepreneurial organisations with a basic, but functional, digital prototype to develop it into a more robust product or service and demonstrate its value to intended users and other stakeholders.
Successful applicants can expect to receive:
- Grant funding, typically between £15,000 and £50,000 for a project of 9-12 months duration.
- A support package including mentoring, marketing and comms advice and networking opportunities.
- Access to a discretionary fund of up to £5,000 to access specific expertise to support early-stage development.
Projects should use digital technology to tackle pressing social challenges such as the environment and sustainability, education, employment and healthcare.
The Trust does not ask for an equity stake nor request loan repayments, and allows successful ventures to retain any IP developed.
The following are eligible to apply:
- Entrepreneurs, teams, start-ups and organisations who want to apply their talent and technology to address UK social issues.
- Individuals can apply for funding but if successful they will be required to form a registered legal entity.
The deadline for Stage 1 applications is 14 April 2016 (12 noon).