If you think you have a project that Nominet Trust would be interested in funding, then you can apply using our online application process. We have a two-stage application process. Stage 1 allows you to describe the key features of your project and what you hope to achieve via a relatively short and straightforward online form and a short (max 90 seconds) video.
We are unable to support ventures that are too early stage. They should be at a ‘readiness to scale’ or ‘scaling’ stage, having evidence that they have already piloted their product or service, that they have gained traction from users and beneficiaries, have evaluated their existing work and used that learning to improve their product or service, and have channels to market (and potentially partnerships) already in place.
The term ‘prototype’ can be used by different people to refer to different things. What Nominet Trust is looking for from Social Tech Seed applications is evidence of a working digital product. The product will often be in the early stage of development, perhaps based on open source technology or built on existing platforms, with limited functionality and require significant further development – however, it will have produced evidence of:
Your Stage 1 application should include a link to a short 90 second YouTube/Vimeo video outlining your credentials, idea and the social challenge you are trying to address. Please note, it is the content and clarity of the idea that is most important; we are not assessing the production values or quality of the video. The video can be set as private, but please do include the password in your application.
Our strong preference is to receive applications from teams, rather than individuals. If you are an individual, you can apply for funding but, should you be successful; you will be required to form a registered legal entity before you can receive your first payment.
The Intellectual Property rests AND REMAINS with the applicant for projects supported by Nominet Trust. THIS INCLUDES IP GENERATED WITH NOMINET TRUST FUNDING. The only restrictions we have around IP are part of our funding agreement and state that projects we support are BOUND not to infringe the copyright or other intellectual property rights of any third party as part of their work.
We are unable to support ventures that are so early stage that they have not yet developed a digital prototype, nor have tested the appetite or demand for their initiative with stakeholder groups. We recommend that ventures at this early stage should first gain the support of an accelerator or incubator before applying to Nominet Trust.
Evaluation is about learning about what works from your project and the model of change you are using. It focuses on understanding what change has happened for the beneficiaries and why. Nominet Trust focuses on measuring ‘outcomes’, the changes that your project has effected, rather than just what the project has produced.