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.
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.
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.
As a learning organisation that seeks to support the innovative application of digital technology, we rarely fund projects involving a website build or website enhancements. If, however, you can demonstrate that your venture will deliver significant and innovative functionality, it will be considered. In addition, we will only accept applications for website funding if your project’s objectives are consistent with our areas of focus and your organisation meets our funding guidelines.
We will give consideration to funding requests to cover hardware, software or connectivity costs - but only if they are fundamental to successful project delivery. In this case, any hardware, software or connectivity costs should form only a small percentage of the overall investment, and your applications should provide transparent details on all such costs. Hardware or infrastructure procurement projects will not be considered.
We will fund the costs of staff directly involved in delivering a project e.g. project managers, designers, developers or marketeers. We do not provide funding to cover organisational running costs unconnected to the project e.g. rent, utilities, accountant or legal.
Yes, as long as it is completely unrelated and tackling a different social challenge. Please bear in mind that you will need to complete the application process again and we make no guarantee that your application will be successful.
We work with all our projects to help develop a roadmap beyond our funding period. As a result of this process, a small number of projects have in the past been invited to apply for additional funding.