Ever thought of applying for funding for a digital product or service that tackles social or environmental problems?
Today Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation launch their new Tech for Good Hub. The new website will deliver a nine month series of 40 articles to help charities and funders get better at building and funding digital services that tackle social challenges.
The Hub’s aims
The Hub has two aims:
- To help charities and social enterprises be more ready next time there’s a tech for good funding opportunity
- To help funders feel more confident and knowledgeable about how to fund tech for good projects
This is important because although charities have amazing potential to address social challenges through tech many don’t yet understand the guiding tenets of Tech for Good, nor how to apply them. At the same time most charitable trusts and foundations lack the knowledge and confidence of how to make grants for digital products and services.
How Tech for Good Programme
- Twelve grant funded projects who’ll be designing and building their digital service or product between July 2018 – March 2019. Funding award announcement due late May 2018.
- A programme evaluation, run by inFocus. This’ll be following the projects’ experiences through a series of interviews. And, for the first time, they’ll interview projects from the two previous Tech for Good funding programmes. That way they can find out about their post-grant experiences and longer term impact.
- Charity funder meetups – Cassie Robinson will be bringing existing and potential charity tech funders together to learn from each other and tech for good experts through bi-monthly London meetups.
- A full content programme of 40 articles, videos and audio recordings designed to help charities and funders both progress towards the Hub’s goals. Delivered by Joe Roberson, this content will be driven by evaluation evidence but crafted for reader usefulness and enjoyment.