Digital Buddies

We want to use digital to change our work

Digital Buddies

Digital Fund Strand 1 offers grants of up to £500,000 and a tailored support package. The aim is to help established charities use digital to take a major leap forward. We expect grants to last from 1 to 4 years.

You can submit outline proposals from 22nd October 2018 until 5pm 3rd December 2018. There will be further opportunities to apply in 2019.

Eligibility criteria

  • Your organisation must have an income over £500,000 per year. If your organisation had income of over £10m last year, we will ask for a matching contribution that will be tailored to your size
  • Your organisation must be incorporated within the UK, and must work primarily in the voluntary and community sector

You can apply if you’re a:

  • voluntary and community organisation
  • registered charity
  • social enterprise
  • group of organisations, if they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise
  • community interest companies (with two or more directors).

We can’t accept applications from:

  • individuals
  • sole traders
  • organisations based outside the UK
  • anyone who is applying on behalf of another organisation
  • organisations without at least two unconnected* people on the board or committee.
  • companies that are aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution.

(* not a relation by blood, marriage, in a long-term relationship or people living together at the same address)

What can you spend the money on?

We can fund:

  • staff salaries
  • project activities
  • running costs
  • small-scale refurbishment
  • equipment
  • organisational development

We can’t fund:

  • proposals from organisations that are run primarily for private gain or to generate profits for private distribution, or any activities that generate profits for private gain
  • religious activity (although we can fund religious organisations if their project benefits the wider community and doesn’t include religious content)
  • activities that replace government funding (for example, we can only fund school activities that are additional to the curriculum)
  • activities that benefit individuals, rather than the wider community
  • political activities
  • retrospective costs
  • loan repayments

Success factors

Successful Strand 1 proposals will:

  • Demonstrate a firm commitment by organisational leadership to changing the way that the organisation serves people and communities.
  • Contain a plan that has been developed in accordance with good digital practices, such as committing to an iterative approach, and making sure that people are in the lead.
  • Supply evidence that the organisation has already invested in digital, prior to this proposal.
  • Show a commitment to working generously, sharing what you learn and the products or services you produce with others.

We are not looking for:

  • Proposals that contain a highly detailed plan setting out every detail of your forthcoming transformation. Instead we welcome proposals that clearly differentiate between what you know now, and what you will learn along the journey.
  • Proposals that are driven by a desire to use technology.
  • Proposals that are based around core budget shortfalls.

Have any questions?

If you have any questions about eligibility, get in touch with us.

Please note, we can’t give you any feedback on ideas at this stage. The only way of getting feedback will be to return to this page from 22nd October and submit an outline.

Phone: 0345 4 10 20 30
Text relay: 18001 plus 0345 4 10 20 30 (for those with a hearing or speech impairment)

Not sure this is for you?

We are already highly digital, and want to scale our impact

Finally, we offer a range of open funding programmes that can help you support people and communities to thrive.