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Tech for Good Build 2021

15 January 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants for not-for-profit organisations to define, test and develop digital solutions, or re-purpose existing technology in order to meet a social need or challenge in one of Comic Relief's core issue areas.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Comic Relief

Maximum value:

£ 70,000

Application deadline:



The £1 million Tech for Good Build 2021 programme is provided by Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This is the final funding round in their three-year Tech for Good partnership which was developed in response to the need for charities to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services.

The COVID-19 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.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is for not-for-profit organisations (either individually or in partnership) to define, test and develop digital solutions, or re-purpose existing technology in order to meet a social need or challenge linked to Comic Relief’s Social Change Strategy.

This programme aims to provide the opportunity for not-for-profit organisations to take their digital projects forward. It is most suitable for organisations or partnerships that have undertaken a small amount of early stage discovery work.

Value Notes

A total of £1 million is being made available.

Grants of up to £70,000 per project. It is anticipated that 18 digital projects will be funded.

In addition to funding, grant recipients will have access to technical support from experts and advisers.

Who Can Apply

UK not-for-profit organisations can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be based in the UK for the work taking place in the UK.

  • Have an income of between £75,000 and £10 million.

Partnerships or consortia between multiple not-for-profits that aim to work together to address or improve a service delivery problem in their area of work are welcome to apply.

Applicants should be seeking to work in one or more of Comic Relief’s four core issue areas:

  • Children Survive and Thrive

  • Global Mental Health Matters

  • Fighting for Gender Justice

  • A Safe Place to Be.

Applications are also welcome that address challenges related to disability and inclusion outside of these themes.




Funding is not available for:

  • Proposals from NHS trusts, hospitals, schools, colleges, statutory bodies, local authorities and non-registered organisations without a constitution.

  • Upgrading internal IT systems.

  • Large scale capital costs.

  • Hardware development.

  • Updating websites and routine social media campaigns.

  • Exploration events or hack days.

  • Staff or volunteer training.

  • Development or purchase of monitoring, valuation or project management platforms for the benefit of the organisation’s wider work

  • Buying equipment to get people online.

  • Digital inclusion, digital literacy or computer skills training.

Eligible Expenditure

Consideration will be given to a wide range of digital interventions.

The aim is to fund projects and organisations that:

  • Are focused on specific and clear user needs in their design, delivery and development.

  • Demonstrate a clear purpose for the use of tech and why it would be meaningful in the organisation.

  • Must be able to demonstrate resource and buy-in at senior and organisational level to manage and deliver the project being proposed.

  • Must have adequate time budgeted for the project lead to participate in the programme.

  • Demonstrate the enthusiasm to engage with a collaborative cohort of funded partners.

  • Make best use of existing technology.

  • Are sharable with other parts of the not-for-profit sector.

The work to be delivered must take place in the UK. It can have a local, regional, national or UK-wide reach.

The funding can be used for a combination of:

  • Paying for existing core costs that are supporting the delivery of this project, plus any eligible new costs associated with it (eg, backfilling salaries for project leads).

  • Sourcing external support from a digital partner.

Funding can only cover expenditure incurred and activity delivered during the funding period (i.e. June 2021– February 2022), I.e. not any discovery work prior to applying or follow-on work beyond the 9-month funding period

The project duration is nine months.

How To Apply

Two Tech for Good 2021 Programme Q&A webinars are scheduled for Thursday:

Registration is required.

All applicants must submit proposals consisting of:

  • A short form including a 250-word project summary, explaining what the project is setting out to achieve and how

  • A video application (maximum of 3 minutes long). explaining the idea, and how it relates to one or more of the design challenges.

Full details of the programme and application process are available on the website of Comic Relief.

The deadline for applications is 12 February 2021 (12 noon).

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Grants Team
    Comic Relief
    5th Floor
    89 Albert Embankment
    SE1 7TP
    Email: [email protected]


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