Innovation in Giving fund awards money to 16 projects

Grants of £50,000 go to ventures including a skills-matching website and an Oyster card-giving donation scheme

A grant will go to an Oyster card scheme
A grant will go to an Oyster card scheme

A website that matches professionals who want to volunteer for not-for-profit organisations and a scheme that encourages members of the public to donate using contactless payment cards are among the projects to be awarded money in the second round of the Innovation in Giving fund.

Sixteen projects have been awarded money from the £10m fund, which is managed by Nesta, a foundation that funds innovation, and funded by the Cabinet Office. Each of the projects will receive £50,000 to develop their ideas.

The recipients include the advertising agency Fallon, which is planning to develop Chip-In – a concept that will allow people to give to charity in places such as Underground stations and coffee shops using Oyster travel cards and other contactless payment cards. Other winners include Give What You’re Good At, a website that encourages professionals to give up less than five hours a week of their time to use their skills to remotely help not-for-profit organisations.

In a statement, Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of Nesta, said: "We’re seeing a new generation of technologies that can support a very different kind of economy, with much more sharing of resources, from household equipment to buildings and money. By funding these ideas at an early stage, we hope that they can develop and learn quickly – and then, when the time is right, go on to much greater scale."

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, said: "We launched the Innovation in Giving fund to help unlock the potential that new technologies and other exciting innovations offer the charitable sector. It’s therefore fantastic that this fund has supported the growth of such imaginative and compelling ideas and enabled people to come up with new ways for people to give their time, money, resources and skills to help others."

Read our interview with Helen Goulden, director of Nesta's Public Services Lab

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