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SOCIAL TECH

Comic Relief is a sector leader in funding Social Tech

We believe digital technology has the power to accelerate positive social change by helping people, organisations and communities do a better job.

Comic Relief is a sector leader in funding Social Tech in the UK. We offer some of the only grant funding opportunities for social tech projects to support them in their digital journey. We are committed to building the social tech ecosystem, which means both helping other funders become confident in funding tech projects, and helping social organisations become confident in approaching digital projects and ways of working.

Our role has included all stages of funding, from designing the programmes, making and managing grants, evaluating initiatives, and sharing lessons with the sector.

We encourage the use and development of technology across each of the 4 themes we work in and are open to funding work that uses technology as a tool for social change across all our funding calls, as well as in our social tech specific funding streams.

We aim to support work that is developed with user needs at the heart, working alongside them to better understand the problem and design the solution that will meet their needs.

Recent Funding Programmes

Here are our social tech specific funding programmes.

TECH FOR GOOD

A partnership programme with Paul Hamlyn Foundation Tech for Good has run since 2016, funding organisations to make digital transformation by offering better services to their beneficiaries using technology.

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TECH VS ABUSE

A programme that was developed through research with sector leading organisations, to find out what role digital technologies can play in helping to support people affected by abuse in the UK. Currently funded in partnership with Esmess Fairbairn Foundation and Clothworkers Foundation.

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HIV IN THE UK: THINK DIGITAL

A partnership programme with MAC AIDS Fund which supported organisations using technology in innovative ways to respond to the UK’s changing HIV landscape. Funding contributed to the development of messaging services, podcasts, films and online information sharing, with the aim of reducing stigma around HIV and increasing access to services in this space.

If you’re looking for the longlist of top 40 applicants to the latest 2018 - 2019 round of Tech for Good, and their proposal videos, you can download it here(opens in new window).

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OTHER APPROACHES

SPORT FOR CHANGE

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