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How to apply

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

Social Tech Seed is now closed for Stage 1 applications

Social Tech Seed is an open grant-funding programme that offers entrepreneurial organisations early-stage investment to develop innovative projects using digital technology to create significant social change, from environment and sustainability to education and employment. This programme will provide funding and support to help you demonstrate the social, user and financial value of your existing digital prototype.

Social Tech Seed highlights:

Social Tech Seed provides funding and support that enables entrepreneurial organisations with a basic, but functional, digital prototype to develop it into a more robust product or service and demonstrate its value to intended users and other stakeholders. If your application is successful, you can expect to receive:

  •     Grant funding, typically between £15,000 and £50,000 for a project of 9-12 months’ duration
  •     A support package including mentoring, marketing & comms advice and networking opportunities
  •     Access to a discretionary fund of up to £5,000 should you need access to specific expertise to support your early-stage development

Unlike many other investors, Nominet Trust:

  •     Does not ask for an equity stake, nor requests loan repayments
  •     Allows successful ventures to retain any IP developed with our funding


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 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 >
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 >
Make sure you tell us about any other funders you have approached or partners that are prepared to match-fund your project.  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 >
Give yourself as much time as possible. Plan ahead, complete and submit your application before the published deadlines for each funding round.  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 >
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 >
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 >