Tech for Good programme will help charities use technology to create social change

Comic Relief has partnered with Paul Hamlyn Foundation to create a new Tech for Good funding programme. The programme will support 10 charity organisations who are using technology to deliver new ideas and make their services more effective.

Last year, Comic Relief launched a pilot scheme which successfully enabled six not-for-profit organisations to build much needed digital products and services. These included the SafetyNets project, which helps sex workers notify one another of dangerous people, and the audio-based app Wayfindr which enables visually impaired people to navigate their world using directions delivered through their smartphone. Both of these innovative projects recently won Tech4Good Awards.

To apply for our new funding programme, a project needs to meet any of our four programme areas and must be based in the UK. We are looking to fund projects at any stage of development, with solid user-centred research, a clear problem they want to address and a compelling digital solution to achieving this.

Comic Relief is accepting applications for funding from 3rd October 2016. Part of the application process will be a two minute video about the project. We will then publish a longlist of some of these video applications online. The final 20 will be invited to submit a full application in December.

For those who are successful, we will provide funding of £15,000 – £50,000 over four months, which will include £3,500 for dedicated technical support. In addition to the funding, projects will take part in an intensive programme of support between April and July 2017, including a residential camp, to connect them with leading tech for good experts as well as ongoing mentoring and report-back days. As a result, projects will make significant progress and we will ensure they have the right support to make them sustainable and scalable beyond the lifetime of the funding.

For more information about the six projects that were funded in 2015-16, click here.

For more details and to apply for funding, please check back on our grants page on Monday 3rd October.