This page covers key things to think about when applying for grant funding for digital and technology costs.
These can include the cost of:
The best way to tackle support costs is to include them whenever any grant funder allows you to include overheads or full or partial cost recovery. You should work out what proportion of your digital costs should be included just as you do for office costs.
You should also make sure you are getting the cheapest options available by making use of discounts. And you should make sure your leaders are considering these costs as a core cost of your organisation when planning budgets.
More and more funders are funding digital projects like creating a new online service or providing an online version of a successful face-to-face service. Some funders also have specialised digital funds.
Most funders will expect you to have:
You may need to help the funder understand:
Many funders that support organisational change will consider digital and technology costs as part of a wider change programme. To take this approach you will need to:
Comic Relief have been a leading funder of digital projects in the UK for several years. They partner up with Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Clothworkers Foundation. Their projects run under two strands.
The National Lottery Community Fund ran a very large digital fund in 2018, providing funding for three years. They are also keen to see bids to their open funds for digital projects. This includes their Covid support funding.
This relatively new partnership aims to radically improve how digital is used in charities. They funded a range of new digital projects between September 2020 and April 2021. The Catalyst focus is on:
Find out what Catalyst is doing in 2021 and beyond. Sign up to the Catalyst newsletter.
Nominet runs funding programmes focused on digital solutions to specific issues. These change at least annually.
Keep an eye on their Tech for Good news page.
Social enterprises, start ups and charities that are formed around a digital idea can look for tech for good or social tech grants or investments. Developers and technologists are usually expected to be at the core of the organisation.
Use keywords ‘digital’ or ‘technology’ in any grant funding search tool to find them. If you are running digital inclusion projects, or digital skills projects, use those specific terms as there are often strands of government funding available.
This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 02 March 2021
One of the most common ways to get funding for your group or organisation is to apply for a grant. We have six articles that can help you prepare for your first grant application. More experienced fundraisers can use them too. It’s good to review the way you do things. Use the articles in order or start with the area where you need most help.
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