Comic Relief pilots grants scheme to help not-for-profits run digital projects

The Tech for Good programme will give out a total of £360,000 in grants of between £15,000 and £60,000 to organisations that want to achieve social change

Comic Relief
Comic Relief

Comic Relief is piloting a new grants programme that will provide not-for-profit organisations with up to £60,000 to run digital projects aimed at achieving social change and improving services for marginalised groups in the UK.

The funder has opened applications for its Tech for Good programme, which has a total of £360,000 to give out in grants of between £15,000 and £60,000 to between six and eight organisations.

Comic Relief said it would consider applications that address any of the themes of its UK main fund: better futures, safer lives, healthier finances, stronger communities and a fairer society.

The funder will provide mentoring to help successful organisations complete their projects within six months of mid-July, which is when the funding will be distributed.

An organisation can apply by completing an application form, which must be submitted by 3pm on 8 May.

Longlisted applicants will each be required to submit a video presentation, a reference and a breakdown of the budget for their project.

A statement from Comic Relief said it would consider a wide range of digital projects that delivered social change through creating new or more effective digital services and products. It said examples might include using data to better understand social problems, using new forms of social media to target hard-to-reach groups or developing apps and games that changed people’s behaviour.

As an example of the kind of project it is looking for, the funder cited Doc Ready, a web tool that helps young people talk to their doctors about their mental health.

The programme is intended to fund digital innovation, so funding will not be provided for IT systems upgrades, large-scale capital costs, website updates, routine social media campaigns and exploration events or hack days.

It is also not available for staff or volunteer training or capacity-building to make an organisation digital-ready.

For more information or to download an application form, visit

- The story was amended on 27 April 2015 to correct the closing date for applications.

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