After two successful co-funded rounds, Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) have extended their commitment to the Tech for Good funding programme. The first UK Tech for Good funding programme of this 3-year partnership is worth a total of £2.4 million. The programme was developed in response to the emerging need for charities to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services. The aim is to support charities in tackling the biggest social challenges enabling them to increase the range of digital products and services available to their beneficiaries in an increasingly digital world.
Tech for Good aims to help 13 not-for-profit organisations to develop their digital products or services. Projects should address one of four core issue areas:
- Children Survive and Thrive
- Global Mental Health Matters
- Fighting for Gender Justice
- A Safe Place to Be.
For this initiative, Comic Relief would also welcome applications addressing challenges related to disability and inclusion outside of the themes specified above, recognising the critical potential of digital technology in tackling these issues.
Successful organisations will receive funding of up to £48,000 for nine months alongside access to dedicated technical expertise and an intensive support programme between July 2018 and March 2019. This will include a residential camp at the start to connect the funded projects with leading tech for good experts, and ongoing mentoring and report back days. A public ‘wrap-up’ event at the end of the funding will allow the projects to show what they have created with the grant and support.
Previously funded projects have included the development of a Braille e-reader, a programme to digitise food vouchers for fruit and vegetable markets, and an app to help young people who sleep rough find a safe place to stay. Projects funded in the last round can be viewed here
Tech for Good will be open to applications from February 11th to March 25th 2019.