Nesta offers £1m funding pot for tech-based solutions to social isolation

The Tech to Connect Challengs is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and is being managed by Nesta Challenges

Technology solutions being sought
Technology solutions being sought

The innovation charity Nesta is inviting charities to apply for support from a £1m pot to develop tech-based solutions to social isolation.

The Tech to Connect Challenge, which is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, consists of £500,000 of grant funding and £500,000 worth of business support.

Nesta Challenges, the division of Nesta that is managing the process, said applicants would be expected to outline a problem related to social isolation in England and say how technology could help to address it.

Seven finalists will be invited to follow a five-month programme of guided support, during which time they will conduct further research and develop a prototype and a plan for how it might be implemented.

At this end of this period, one winner and two runners-up will be chosen to receive a share of the available funds.

Tris Dyson, executive director of Nesta Challenges, said: "Social isolation is a major public health concern affecting people of any background, age or location.

"We know that a wide range of civil society organisations already have great ideas to combat social isolation, but they are often constrained by a lack of funding or resources.

"By offering tailored guidance and funding to help scale the most impactful solutions, we will help to build more connected communities."

"The simplest solutions are often the most impactful, and we’re encouraging organisations from across the board to submit their ideas through our short submission form. Whether it’s an idea in its early stages or an operational concept that needs scaling up, we want to hear about your tech-based solutions."

Entries will be accepted until 7 August.

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