Tech for good founders looking for support to grow their ventures are being urged to submit videos for funding of nearly £50,000 from a dedicated grants programme from Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, now open to entries.
The TechForGood grants programme, now in its third year, is open for video applications until December 20.
Twelve projects will receive grant funding of up to £47,000 each in the year ahead to develop digital products and services.
Comic Relief and PHF are looking for proposals that develop or scale web, mobile or internet-based technologies to address social challenges that:
* Empower women and girls
* Invest in children and young people
* Build stronger communities
* Improve health and wellbeing.
The projects will last for nine months and will include a two-month soft development phase (July-Aug 2018), an intense four-month hard development phase (Sept-Dec) and a three-month launch phase (Jan-Mar 2019).
Comic Relief started the TechForGood grants programme in 2015, before joining forces with PHF on the programme last year, supporting 10 projects with funding of £15,000-£50,000 over four months, as well as dedicated technical support. Funded teams participate in an intensive support programme, including a residential camp to connect them with tech-for-good experts, and ongoing mentoring.
“We are looking to fund more than just good ideas,” says Comic Relief. “We want to fund projects that will deliver bigger, better and more ambitious services to users and beneficiaries.”
Analysis of the 2016/17 grants programme by CAST, which is a partner, found that most applications came from registered charities, with the majority having income greater than £1m. Most applicants provided information or advice, with health and wellbeing the largest focus for applications. Two in five applications were from London.
The 10 funded organisations were chosen from 141 applications in 2016/17, and a long list of 50. Among those funded were a drug-and-alcohol recovery app for The Well, wheelchair fabrication lab Disrupt Disability, an ‘I need help’ button for housing charity Shelter Scotland and an interactive advice service for teen girls by domestic violence agency Women’s Aid.
Comic Relief started in 1985 and is funded by public donation, primarily through the BBC’s annual Red Nose Day. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established in 1987 to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity.