The Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response launches today, and we’d love you to be a part of it!

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The fund is open to charities and other civil society organisations based in England whose operations have been affected by COVID-19 and who need emergency funding to deliver essential digital services.

Charities and other civil society organisations

The current programme comprises two funding avenues: a short Discovery phase for charities nearer the start of their digital journey, and a longer Development phase for those at a more advanced stage. Funding will be given as a mix of grants and expert support, ranging from £5,000 up to £60,000.

Applicants must be part of a formal or informal network of ten or more other charities, and must be working with one of nine key groups facing disproportionate challenges as a result of COVID-19.

Full details and a link to the application form are available on the Catalyst website.

Digital, data and design agencies / trainers

We’re keen to hear from existing partners, as well as new specialists across the fields of digital, data and design. We are looking for six experienced training partners to teach charities Discovery over a 4-week learning programme in October, and tens of digital agencies to carry out 10-week Development projects starting in November with charities that have a validated problem area to explore. Contracts of up to £28,000 per organisation will be available.

In addition, we are currently seeking partners to work alongside Catalyst in support of this programme, including a Network Learning Partner to establish and deliver a consistent way to evaluate and learn from the Catalyst network’s activity, and a partner that can deliver and scale a Beta of our Service Recipes product.

Full details are available on the Open Projects tendering page of our website, where more tenders will be added over the coming weeks.

How is the funding set to be split?

Thanks to National Lottery players, The National Lottery Community Fund has committed nearly £5 million to the partnership. Of this, £1.75 million will be made available in direct grants, with £3.2 million allocated to fund expert support.

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