We are inviting proposals to develop or scale web, mobile or internet based technologies which deliver new or improved services to beneficiaries.
From November 2017, Comic Relief with Paul Hamlyn Foundation is launching another UK Tech for Good funding programme. This will fund up to 12 digital projects each with grants of up to £47,000. We know that digital development requires distinct working practices and for this reason we have adapted our model of funding to also provide an intensive package of support for grantees. The projects will last for nine months and will include:
Projects must address one of our four programme areas: Empowering Women and Girls, Investing in Children and Young People, Building Stronger Communities or Improving Health and Wellbeing. Find out more about how we make grants.
This is the third Tech for Good programme run by Comic Relief. We know funders have a vital role to enable charities to engage with digital, and to increase the range of digital products and services available to their beneficiaries. We are delighted to announce that Paul Hamlyn Foundation are working with us again to achieve this. Details of the 6 projects funded in the 2015 programme and the 10 funded in the 2017 programme can be found at techforgoodhub.co.uk. A theory of change has been produced for this new programme which can be found here. Further information on the theory of change and the evaluation of the 2017 Tech for Good programme can also be found at techforgoodhub.co.uk.
This programme aims to provide the opportunity for not-for-profit organisations, who already have some technological capacity, to take their digital innovation projects forward. We are looking to fund teams to make a significant digital step forward within nine months.
A wide range of digital interventions will be considered and our aim is to fund projects that:
We are looking to fund more than just good ideas. We want to fund projects that will deliver bigger, better and more ambitious services to users and beneficiaries. Applicants need to demonstrate that they understand how to manage a successful digital project, and that they have sound internal or external technical expertise in their management and delivery team. We would expect that some development work will already have taken place.
Proposals to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements (see our policies).
These are the activities we will not fund through Tech for Good:
Grants are available to deliver the project and demonstrate digital innovation for the benefit of society or the specific service users targeted by the not-for-profit organisation. The grant can only cover expenditure incurred and activity done during the grant period (i.e. after July 2018). We will provide successful applicants with specialist support or mentoring. Projects will be expected to:
We require all applicants to submit a number of documents as part of their proposal to support our due diligence and assessment. You can find out more about these here.
Proposals will be by completion of a short form and submission of a video application (maximum of 4 minutes long). It should be more than a ‘talking head’. Rather it is the visual version of a traditional written application form making a strong case for funding. More detailed guidance on the video can be found in the Guidance Notes, available through our on-line grants management system, GEM. The video should be posted on a publically accessible site such as YouTube or Vimeo noting their Terms and Conditions in posting. You will need to supply us with the URL to access the video which must not be password protected.
We will be open for proposals from Monday 13 November to midday UK time Wednesday 20 December. We will not accept late proposals and strongly urge that you address any questions you have in order to complete your proposal and submit it in advance of the deadline.
Once we receive proposals, we’ll shortlist the strongest proposals to go through to an assessment. We’ll aim to notify all applicants of our decisions at this stage in January 2018 and if shortlisted, you will be expected to attend a pre-assessment advisory event in February and submit additional information and documents to support our assessment as noted above. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage, we’ll be unable to provide any additional feedback. Assessments on the proposals which pass this stage will take place over February/March 2018 and final decisions will be made by our Grants Committee and Trustees. We aim to inform all applicants of the final decision in May 2018. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage we’ll write to you explaining the reasons why and may offer further feedback by phone.
In line with our previous Tech for Good programme, we intend to place in the public domain a longlist of the 50 best proposals/videos. This should happen in Feb/March 2018. By submitting the video proposal, you are agreeing that it can be placed in the public domain. By publishing this long list, we seek to encourage people working on similar projects to join together and collaborate where appropriate, to explore ways not-for-profit organisations can use digital to deliver better products and services, and to see if other bodies are interested in funding these proposals.
The full terms and conditions of applying to Tech for Good can be found here.