Comic Relief has announced its Tech For Good Programme aimed at not-for-profit organisations using digital technology to create social change.
The programme aims to work with not-for-profits that have some technical experience to support them in delivering new ideas or services.
Comic Relief is looking to fund projects that use software or digital technology to help support better futures, safer lives, healthier finances, stronger communities and fairer society.
Projects must be completed within six months of receiving a grant from Comic Relief. Grants will commence from mid-July, with mentoring provided by Comic Relief to ensure the projects are completed within the timescale.
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A range of digital initiatives will be considered for the programme, including projects focusing specifically on user needs, making best use of the web, mobile apps or internet-based technologies to deliver a service, projects that scale effectively and projects that challenge existing ways of delivering services. These can also include projects that make use of big data, social media or app development.
Comic Relief has stressed that the pilot programme aims to “create change to the lives of people in need” and is not intended for upgrading of internal IT systems, large-scale capital costs, updating of websites and routine social media campaigns, exploration events or hack days, staff or volunteer training or capacity-building to make an organisation more digital ready.
The deadline for entries is 3pm on 8 May.