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New Funding for Charities and Digital Partners - Short Application Window

17 November 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available for charities and civil society organisations in England for exploring digital, data and design solutions to challenges in the areas of early years; financial wellbeing; mental health and wellbeing; sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is intended to enable groups of non-profit organisations to work together on solutions to a common challenge, using digital, data and design. There are 12 challenges that organisations can choose to tackle, in the following four areas which have been most affected by the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis:

  • Mental health and wellbeing.

  • Sexual abuse and domestic violence.

  • Early years.

  • Financial wellbeing.

Value Notes

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from incorporated organisations in England, including infrastructure bodies, federated organisations, and others who convene formal or informal sector groups.

The following types of organisations are eligible:

  • Registered, exempt, or excepted charities.

  • Community Interest Companies.

  • Community Benefit Societies.

  • Social enterprises (restrictions apply and organisations should check the FAQ document on Catalyst’s website for further information).

To be eligible for funding, organisations must:

  • Have one of the following four causes as their organisation’s sole or main purpose:

    • Mental health and wellbeing.

    • Sexual abuse and domestic violence.

    • Early years.

    • Financial wellbeing.

  • Serve communities who have been hardest hit by COVID-19.

  • Be available and able to engage with other organisations, the digital partner and the programme coordinator throughout the full 11-week programme between 11 January 2021 and 26 March 2021.



Eligible Expenditure

The Programme offers grant funding and support by a digital partner. It is expected that the majority of the funding will cover the cost of a digital agency/expert who will work with the civil society organisation on their project, but a proportion of the grant can be retained by the civil society organisation to cover the cost of staff working on the project, and other direct eligible costs associated with it.

There are 12 sector challenges to be tackled, divided across four areas:

Mental health and wellbeing

Funding for tackling challenges around staff wellbeing and better data sharing for social prescribing.

  • Challenge 1 - Supportive online environments: Testing approaches to creating a supportive online environment for staff and volunteers working with people who are experiencing mental health crises.

  • Challenge 2 - Strengthening approaches for social prescribing: Innovating and strengthening data sharing between services in order to promote better social prescribing across organisations in the mental health and wellbeing sector.

Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence

Funding for tackling challenges around providing counselling and building meaningful connections online.

  • Challenge 3 - Effective online counselling services for survivors: Prototyping an approach for organisations who are transferring counselling service for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence in the online space.

  • Challenge 4 - Creating meaningful connections: Exploring how service users can create meaningful online connections with support organisations in order to build trust and ensure they get the most appropriate services and support.

Early Years

Funding for tackling challenges around providing parents and carers with easy access to devices and support.

  • Challenge 5 - Reaching digitally excluded families: Ensuring that parents and carers without easy access to data or devices get the support they need.

  • Challenge 6 - Creating parent centred signposts: Rethinking the sector’s approach to signposting and referral by adopting a parent-centred point of view.

  • Challenge 7 - Redefining volunteering: Rethinking the volunteering model to leverage volunteers as a skilled group of people who are driven to help families and can support different areas of the ecosystem when it is needed.

  • Challenge 8 - Supporting Black families: Supporting the individuals and small organisations caring for Black families in their communities to do their best work, so that children and their families receive the support they need.

Financial Wellbeing

Funding for tackling challenges around sharing documents securely and accessing support independently.

  • Challenge 9 - Claiming Universal Credit remotely.

  • Challenge 10 - Creating secure documentation sharing for people accessing debt advice.

  • Challenge 11 - Coordinating end-to-end advice to those resolving debt issues.

  • Challenge 12 - Enabling self-serve debt resolution.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted from 16 November to 27 November 2020 (11:59pm).

Details on each of the 12 challenges and FAQs are available on Catalyst’s website.

Organisations have to submit their application via Catalyst’s Grants and Contract Hub.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST)
    Email: [email protected]


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