We are pleased to announce that Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation are teaming up to deliver a dedicated tech for good funding programme. The 2018 Tech for Good will help 12 not-for-profit organisations to develop their digital products or services.
This third programme follows on the success of the previous two which, in total, have funded 16 Tech for Good initiatives. Details on them can all be found at techforgoodhub.co.uk. Videos of the 10 projects from 2017 Tech for Good programme can also be found on Comic Relief’s YouTube channel.
For each organisation, we will provide funding of £15,000 - £47,000 for nine months alongside access to dedicated technical expertise and an intensive support programme between July 2018 and March 2019. This will include a residential camp at the start to connect the funded projects with leading tech for good experts, and ongoing mentoring and report back days. A public ‘wrap-up’ event at the end of the funding will allow the projects to show what they have created with the grant and support. We will then work with the projects to try to ensure sustainability and scalability.
The application process will be open from November 13th to December 20th. Applicants will be asked to submit a video of no more than four minutes which creatively and compellingly explains why the project should be funded. We will publish a longlist of these video applications online to celebrate the top proposals. The final 24 will be invited to a learning event in February and will then be assessed.
Applicants can focus on any of our four strategy themes (Investing in Children and Young People, Empowering Women and Girls, Building Stronger Communities and Improving Health and Wellbeing) and they must be based and deliver their services in the UK. We are looking to fund projects at any stage of development, with solid user-centred research, a clear problem to address, and a compelling digital solution to achieving this. The technology may be simple or cutting edge. We are looking to fund new products and services that can be shared with the wider not-for-profit sector. We do anticipate that most applicants will already have a digital development partner on board when they apply to help them deliver their project.