By Billy Linehan.

Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation have renewed their commitment to supporting not for profit organisations who are using technology to deliver new ideas and make their services more effective, with funding totalling £2.4 million. After co-funding two rounds of Tech for Good in 2017 and 2018, they have joined forces to continue running the programme for another three years to 2021.

The Tech for Good programme was developed in response to the emerging need for charities to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services. As part of the programme, funded partners are offered a monetary award alongside access to support from advisors, as well as the opportunity to collaborate and share learning with other teams.

Previously funded projects have included the development of a Braille e-reader, a programme to digitise food vouchers for fruit and vegetable markets, and an app to help young people who sleep rough find a safe place to stay.

Building on the success of the previous rounds, Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation are excited to enable organisations to plan for three years of this opportunity.

Comic Relief’s CEO Liz Warner commented: “We are delighted to be announcing this three-year commitment to co-fund the Tech for Good programme with Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Tech for Good has supported innovative and impactful projects to date, and offered opportunities for learning and sharing across the sector. We look forward to continuing with this area of work, and the impact it will undoubtedly have for the organisations we will fund, and their service users.”

The next application round will be open from 11 February to 25 March 2019. The application will go live here, and more details can be found on the Tech for Good Hub.


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