Wednesday, 5 October 2016


The new ‘Tech for Good’ grants scheme is a partnership fund between Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
The programme aims to provide the opportunity for not-for-profit organisations that already have some technological capacity to take their digital innovation projects forward to create social change by delivering new ideas or more effective services.
The funding is for projects that use software and digital technology as a part of a solution to addressing any of the Comic Relief’s UK Main Fund themes of
o Empowering Women and Girls;
o Investing in Children and Young People;
o Building Stronger Communities; and
o Improving Health and Wellbeing.
Grants of between £15,000 and £46,500 are available over four months, plus an additional £3,500 to enable access to expert support. It is anticipated that around 20 projects in total will be funded.
A wide range of digital initiatives that could lead to social change will be considered for the programme, but Comic Relief’s aim is to fund projects that:
o Are focused on specific user needs;
o Make best use of web, mobile apps or internet based technologies to deliver a service;
o Scale effectively (i.e. have economies of scale); and
o Challenge existing ways of delivering services.
Applicants should show that they understand how to manage a successful digital project, and that they have sound technical expertise in their management and delivery team. It is expected that some development work will already have taken place.
Projects should be able to make a significant digital step forward within four months and be able to demonstrate digital innovation for the benefit of society or the specific service users the organisation is targeting.
The grant can only cover expenditure incurred and activities carried out during the grant period.
Applicants, who may be leading a partnership, must be a not-for-profit organisation registered or constituted in the UK.
Funding is not available for:
o Upgrading internal IT systems;
o Large scale capital costs;
o Updating websites and routine social media campaigns;
o Exploration events or hack days;
o Staff or volunteer training;
o Capacity-building to make an organisation more ‘digital ready’;
o Monitoring and evaluation platforms;
o Buying iPads or computers to get people online; or
o Digital inclusion training / computer skills training.
An online application form can be accessed at the Comic Relief website.
Applicants are required to submit the following three things to explain their project:
o A two minute video (which will be via a publically accessible site such as YouTube or Vimeo noting their Terms and Conditions in posting);
o A one page infographic/visual presentation;
o A 100 word summary of their project.
The deadline for applications is 3pm on Tuesday 1st November 2016.
Contact details for the fund are:
Comic Relief
89 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TP
Tel: 020 7820 2000
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
5-11 Leeke Street
London WC1X 9HY
Tel: 020 7812 3300
(Source: GRIN)

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