Charities offered grants of up to £70,000 to develop digital services

Charities are being offered grants of up to £70,000 to develop their digital services as part of £1m of new funding. 

The grant-makers, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief, are opening the latest round in the Tech for Good programme. 

The scheme was first developed in 2016 to help charities use technology to explore different approaches to delivering their services. 

UK charities with annual incomes of between £75,000 and £10m are eligible to apply for the funds, which will be available over a nine-month period from June. 

Access to technical support from the Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology is also being offered. 

The grant-makers said applications should address one of the following themes: a safe place to be, fighting for gender justice, children survive and thrive, and global mental health matters

Applications addressing challenges related to disability outside of the themes specified above are also welcome, the grant-makers said. 

Moira Sinclair, chief executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation said: “The Covid-19 crisis has forced charities to adapt their services at pace.

We hope that our Tech for Good programme with Comic Relief will help them to explore and develop the digital solutions they need to improve the way they work and the support they provide to people and communities. 

“The programme is not only about creating a new product or tool – existing technology can be repurposed or adapted.

It’s about understanding where and how a digital approach can make a positive difference for organisations and those they work with.”

Comic Relief and Cast will be running webinars offering additional guidance on 21 January and 28 January.

Applications close at noon on 12 February.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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