Tech for Good
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.
The Tech for Good Programme 2019 will fund up to thirteen not-for-profit organisations to develop or scale up digital products or services with grants of up to £48,000 over a period of nine months. Projects will also have access to support from experts and advisors, plus the opportunity to collaborate and share learning with other organisations in the cohort.
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.
We know that digital development requires distinct working practices and for this reason we adapted our model of funding to also provide an intensive package of support for grantees.
Lasting for nine months, the projects included:
- A two month soft development phase (July to August 2018)
- An intense four month hard development phase (September to December 2018)
- A three month launch phase (January to March 2019)
In June 2017, ten organisations were awarded up to £50,000, plus access to tech experts, mentors and support, to deliver a tangible development in their Tech for Good projects:
Alexandra Rose, Bristol Braille, DePaul UK, Disrupt Disability, Oxfam, Shelter Scotland, Sign Health, The Well, WESC Foundation and Women’s Aid.
We are also pleased to share what we learnt in the Tech for Good 2017 Evaluation Summary.