Comic Relief with Paul Hamlyn Foundation is launching a UK Tech for Good funding programme in February 2019 - the first round of funding in their renewed three year Tech for Good partnership.
The Tech for Good programme was developed in response to the emerging need for charities in the UK to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services.
This round will fund up to 13 digital projects with grants of up to £48,000 over a period of nine months.
We know that digital development requires distinct working practices and for this reason we provide an intensive package of support for the cohort of funded partners, which will include collaborative workshops, online learning sessions, and training.
The grants will last for nine months and will include:
Projects should address one of our four core issue areas: Children Survive and Thrive, Global Mental Health Matters, Fighting for Gender Justice, or A Safe Place to Be.
Comic Relief will also welcome applications addressing challenges related to disability and inclusion outside of the themes specified above, as we understand the critical potential of digital technology in tackling these issues. For further info, visit our funding strategy page.
This is the fourth Tech for Good programme run by Comic Relief. Details of all past funded projects can be found at can be found at https://techforgoodhub.co.uk/funding .
A theory of change was produced for the 2018 programme which can be found here, and is due to be updated soon. Further information on the theory of change and the evaluation of the 2018 Tech for Good programme can also be found at techforgoodhub.co.uk
Download the proposal guidance
Organisations planning to submit proposals using digital solutions to improve the safety of women and girls affected by domestic abuse are also reminded that an issue-specific Tech vs Abuse programme will be opening for applications from April - June 2019.
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:
Applicants need to demonstrate that they understand how to manage a successful project, show staff engagement and interest in the work, that they have sound internal or external technical expertise in their management and delivery team, as well as the enthusiasm to engage with a collaborative cohort of funded partners.
Exceptional proposals will include evidence of applicants having considered in depth the specific problem they are aiming to tackle, as well as carrying out some user-centred research.
We are looking to fund more than just good ideas. We want to fund projects that will deliver better services and improve outcomes for users and beneficiaries.
The grant can only cover expenditure incurred and activity done during the grant period (i.e. after August 2019). We will provide successful applicants with specialist support or mentoring.
The Tech for Good programme has been shaped as an opportunity for successful organisations to engage, collaborate and share their learnings around their use of digital technologies and social impact with the rest of the cohort.
Projects will be expected to:
Proposals to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements (see our policies). Please note that for this Tech for Good initiative, the lower income limit for organisations applying is £75,000, as opposed to the £250,000 lower limit for UK organisations stated in Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements.
Please check these carefully along with the information below before starting your proposal.
These are the activities we will not fund through Tech for Good
All applicants must submit proposals consisting of:
We will be open for proposals from Monday 11th February to midday UK time Monday 25th March.
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. If you have any questions or you need to discuss your project in further detail, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are offering 25 minute applicant advice calls on a first come first served basis on the afternoons of the 4th , 5th and 6th March.
Once we receive proposals, we’ll create a publicly available longlist (for the 2018 publication see https://techforgoodhub.co.uk/funding) and shortlist the strongest proposals to go through to an assessment.
We’ll aim to notify all applicants of our decisions at this stage by the end of April 2019 and we will publish the longlist by the end of May 2019. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage, we’ll be unable to provide any additional feedback.
If shortlisted, you will be expected to attend a pre-assessment advisory event in April and submit additional information and documents to support our assessment.
A list of the documents you’ll need to provide at this point will include your constitution and/or Articles of Association, and your most recent accounts including management accounts. For this initiative we are not asking for evaluations, monitoring, evaluation and learning plans or business cases.
Assessments will take place over April/ May 2019 and final decisions will be made by our Grants Committee and Trustees. We aim to inform all shortlisted applicants of the final decision in July 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 programmes, we intend to place in the public domain a longlist of the 50 best proposals/videos (for the 2018 publication see http://techforgoodhub.co.uk/funding).
This should happen in May/ June 2019. 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.