Section: Digital

Here you will find a brief overview of funding opportunities potentially relevant to the third sector, including social enterprises.

Direct weblinks to these are located in the ‘Resources’ section at the end of this article.

 Tech for Good 2018

This programme aims to provide the opportunity for not-for-profit organisations, who already have some technological capacity, to take their digital innovation projects forward within nine months. Projects must address one of four programme areas, of which ‘Improving Health and Wellbeing’ is one.

  • Funding programme: Tech for Good 2018
  • Organisation providing the funding: Comic Relief with Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • Period the funding runs for: Closes midday 20th December 2017
  • Funding range: between £15,000 and £47,000


 Nesta ShareLab

The theme for applications too this fund is “Prevention”. Nesta are looking for ideas for how collaborative digital platforms can help relieve pressure on existing local public services. These ideas might be focused on preventing social problems from starting, from growing worse, or from creating follow-on needs.

  • Funding programme: ShareLab Fund
  • Organisation providing the funding: Nesta
  • Period the funding runs for: Expression of Interest (EOI) by 5 January 2018. The deadline for the full applications will be 5 February 2018.
  • Funding range: £15,000 – £30,000


Innovate UK – Open Innovation Challenges

They provide funding to projects which reduce demand by preventing ill health and increasing individual citizens’ ability to better manage their health or increase capacity by improving the quality of care provided within existing or reduced funding baselines.

  • Funding programme: Open Innovation Challenges
  • Organisation providing the funding: Innovate UK
  • Period the funding runs for: 10 funded challenges at different stages. Ongoing.
  • Funding range: up to £30,000 for Phase 1 (feasibility studies); up to £150,000 for Phase 2 (prototype development and testing).


European funding – Horizon 2020

  • Funding programme: Watch this space for updates
  • Organisation providing the funding: EU
  • Period the funding runs for: Varies
  • Funding range: Varies


Improvement Fund

This fund aims to allow third sector organisations to design and test new solutions that will effect change at a local level, leading to measurable improvements and/or the ability to share learning and good practice.

  • Funding programme: Improvement Hub
  • Organisation providing the funding: Health Improvement Scotland iHub
  • Deadline: This opportunity has now passed. Contact us to be kept up to date with further opportunities.
  • Funding range: £5,000-£75,000


Innovate UK – Digital Health Technology Catalyst

Focusing on the development of digital health or digitally enabled medical technologies (in clinical or non-clinical settings), projects should have the potential to improve patient outcomes, transform healthcare delivery and enable more efficient healthcare delivery.

Third sector can collaborate on projects which must be led by an SME.

  • Funding programme: Digital Health Technology Catalyst (Round 1)
  • Organisation providing the funding: Innovate UK
  • Deadline: This opportunity has now passed. Contact us to be kept up to date with further opportunities.
  • Funding range: £50-75K feasibility projects, £500k-£1million for industrial research and experimental development projects.


Note that the Lottery and other charitable funds are also potential sources of funding support.



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