Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund (UK)

As part of the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action, the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), will run a £14 million Innovation Fund to support the growth of innovations that mobilise people’s energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services.   The programme will run over the next two years and the aim is to find innovations that harness different types of social action to make a positive difference; support the most promising innovations; and enable a small number of proven innovations to achieve impact at significant scale, by reaching and benefiting many more people.  The Innovation Fund will focus on a small number of big social challenges, like helping older people to age well or supporting young people to get into work, where there is a plausible account of how social action can make a difference and is under-exploited by the existing approach of public services.  Through the programme, charities, social enterprises, public services and for-profit businesses can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £500,000.  While applicants can be established in any part of the UK, the benefits of their proposals should focus primarily or significantly on England.  To apply organisations need to submit an Expression of Interest form….



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