The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is working in partnership with Comic Relief to deliver the Tech for Good funding programme.

The programme supports not-for-profit organisations to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services. The Covid19 crisis has since increased the need for organisations to explore how digital and design approaches can be used to create more impact for the people they work with.

Introducing the ‘Build’ programme

Applications are now open to ‘Build’ – the latest round of funding in this joint Tech for Good programme with Comic Relief.

The £1 million Build programme will support non-profits to define, develop or re-purpose digital tools, platforms and products that meet a social need or challenge.

Individual organisations or those working in partnership can apply for grants of up to £70,000, alongside a package of technical support from CAST (Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology), including 1-1 advice, collaborative workshops with your peers on the programme and online learning sessions. Build funding will be most suitable for those who can demonstrate that they have undertaken some early stage, scoping work around their proposal.

Applications are open to UK charities with incomes of between £75,000 and £10 million, and applications should address one of the following core issue areas – A Safe Place To BeFighting For Gender JusticeChildren Survive and Thrive, and Global Mental Health Matters. Proposals addressing challenges related to disability outside of the themes specified above are also welcome, acknowledging the critical potential of digital technology in tackling this issue.

Tech for Good also aims to support digital transformation across organisations by providing an opportunity to learn and iterate through the design journey, as well as collaborate and share learning with others in the cohort and sector.

Flexibility is embedded into the programme, with funded partners able to change the direction of development in response to user voice and feedback.

To help you prepare your application, Comic Relief and CAST will run Q&A webinars on Thursday, 21 January (2 – 3pm) and on Thursday, 28 January (10-11am).

The deadline for proposals is 12 February 2021.