We are working in partnership with Comic Relief to deliver the Tech for Good funding programme. The programme supports charity organisations who are using technology to deliver new ideas and make their services more effective. After two successful co-funding rounds in 2017 and 2018, we have extended our joint commitment to the programme until 2021.
Following a review of the Fund in 2019, we are developing a new strand of funding that focuses on early stage support grants. ‘Explore’ will support organisations and collaborations over a three month period to explore the potential of a digital approach to meaningfully improve service delivery and impact in their context. We expect this new phase will open in late Spring 2020.
A second ‘Build’ phase will open later in the year, offering larger grants and support for organisations to develop their idea over a longer period. Further information will be available shortly.
Eight organisations have been awarded funding in 2019: Alexandra Rose, AVA (Against Violence and Abuse), Bipolar UK, DeafKidz International, Muscular Dystrophy UK, Ruils, Stem4, and The Mix: Youthnet.
The grants of up to £51,000 for each project will give organisations the chance to explore new approaches that seek to improve people’s lives. An intensive package of non-monetary support also will be provided, recognising that this is an area that relies on skills and expertise as well as funding, for opportunities to be realised.
In June 2018, thirteen organisations were awarded up to £47,000 each, alongside a programme of support: Addaction, The Children’s Society, The Developer Society, Elizabeth Finn Care, eQuality Time, Hestia Housing & Support, Hope Support Services, Playphysio, Samaritans, Spice Innovations, STEM4, WellChild and WESC Foundation.
In June 2017, ten organisations were awarded up to £50,000, alongside a programme of support:
Alexandra Rose, Bristol Braille, DePaul UK, Disrupt Disability, Oxfam, Shelter Scotland, Sign Health, The Well, WESC Foundation and Women’s Aid.
We shared what we learned in the Tech for Good 2017 Evaluation Summary.