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Digital Arts and Creative Ageing is now closed for applications.

Social Tech Seed returns this Autumn, watch this space for more info!

Our funding programmes

Current 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

Digital Arts & Creative Ageing

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.

Applications are now closed. The deadline for Stage 2 applications, for those
invited to apply, is 20th September 2016.

Digital Arts & Creative Ageing highlights

Digital Arts & Creative Ageing provides funding and support to enable entrepreneurial organisations to demonstrate the potential of digital technologies to bring scale to service provision focused on extending access to the creative arts for those aged 65 and over.  Applicants should be able to provide early evidence of user value already delivered and explain how funding will be used to take their existing product or service to the next stage of development.

If your application is successful, you can expect to receive:

  • Grant funding for each project of up to £90,000 - depending on the requirements and the number of projects we choose to fund.   
  • Funder support for project delivery over an 18-month period.
  • A support package including mentoring, marketing & communications advice and networking opportunities.

Unlike many other investors, Nominet Trust and The Baring Foundation:

  • Do not ask for an equity stake in your organisation, nor request loan repayments.
  • Allow successful ventures to retain any IP developed with our funding.


Social Tech Seed is now closed for applications and returns in the autumn.


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

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 >
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 >
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 >
Have you delivered projects of a similar nature? Tell us a bit about them: the successes you had and what you learnt.  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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Tell us a little about yourself, so we can be confident that you are a dependable organisation for us to invest in  more tips >
Make sure you tell us about any other funders you have approached or partners that are prepared to match-fund your project.  more tips >