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How to apply

Funding programmes

Social Tech Seed is an open investment programme that offers early-stage investment to entrepreneurs who are looking to develop new ventures using digital for social impact. This programme will provide funding and support to help entrepreneurs nurture, develop and test their ideas. - See more at: http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/how-to-apply/our-investment-programmes-0#sthash.mvFTT9ku.dpuf

We deliver a variety of funding programmes, either in partnership or direct to organisations developing innovative projects using digital technology for social good.  Although we’re actively supporting more than 40 initiatives right now, our funding programmes are currently closed for applications. Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter to be the first to hear about forthcoming funding opportunities.

Our funding programmes

Social Tech Seed is a grant-funding programme that offers entrepreneurial organisations early-stage investment to develop innovative projects harnessing the power of the internet and digital technologies to deliver significant social change.

iAMDigital is a £1million investment fund from Creative England and Nominet Trust to support organisations, charities and social businesses that are using technology to increase digital engagement and skills.

Digital Arts & Creative Ageing is a collaborative grant funding programme developed by Nominet Trust and The Baring Foundation.  This programme is all about improving engagement with the creative arts by older people across the UK, with the associated benefits to general health and wellbeing which such participation brings.

Our projects

Our investments

We support ventures using digital tech for social impact. If you're interested in finding out more about the types of ventures we support, take a look at our current portfolio of projects. more >


News and events

Stay up-to-date

Read about our latest news, including announcements, funding programmes and project news, you can also find out about any upcoming Nominet Trust events.  more >


Latest research

The Personal (Computer) is Political

In our latest provocation paper, Dr Aleks Krotoski explores the importance of understanding how digital tools are made to help us recognise how they inform our everyday actions. more >

In this paper, Dr Aleks Krotoski explores the importance of such issues, looking at how an understanding of how digital tools are made can help us recognise how they afford, constrain and mediate our everyday actions. - See more at: http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/knowledge-centre/articles/personal-computer-political#sthash.CUkZ1VzJ.dpuf

Top tips for applying

Make sure you take a look at the case studies of our current and past projects.  When completing your applciation, think about and explain why and how your project is different, or builds upon earlier work.  more tips >
Make sure you think about how you could evaluate your project as part of the planning process.  Thinking about how you will measure your success can really help focus your proposal. Read about our evaluation approach for more information    more tips >
Take the time to read through our guidance notes. If your initial application is shortlisted, and you are invited to complete the full application form, we will be looking for detailed responses to each of the guidance points raised.    more tips >
Don't forget the VAT. If you need to pay VAT then make sure you factor it into the total amount of funding you request.  more tips >
Ensure your project’s objectives are closely aligned with our programmes of focus. In all cases, make sure you demonstrate how the internet can be used to improve the lives of individuals and communities.  more tips >
Have you delivered projects of a similar nature? Tell us a bit about them: the successes you had and what you learnt.  more tips >
Be clear on your project outputs and outcomes – and who will benefit from your project and how. Remember to identify outcomes that are measurable and relate directly to your project's aims.  more tips >
Carry out some consumer research to demonstrate that there is demand for what your project aims to deliver. This research can then be presented as evidence of demand in your application.  more tips >
Tell us a little about yourself, so we can be confident that you are a dependable organisation for us to invest in  more tips >
Give yourself as much time as possible. Plan ahead, complete and submit your application before the published deadlines for each funding round.  more tips >