COVID-19 Digital Response Fund

Aims/priorities: The aim of the Fund is to support organisations dealing with the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis to develop the digital, data and design capabilities that allow them to address urgent issues and serve the most vulnerable. There are two funding streams available:

Discovery Programme

  • The aim of this Programme is to allow organisations to validate a problem area through engaging directly with the people affected by that problem, before moving onto developing and testing solutions. It is a learning and development opportunity for organisations looking to progress their digital ambitions.
  • Organisations receive four weeks of funding and support, as part of a cohort of eight to ten organisations with a similar level of digital maturity, to understand and research the problem the organisation is trying to address.
  • Organisations will work with a digital partner to identify the needs and behaviours of the community in question, and how digital, data and design can best support them.
  • Organisations will receive a £5,000 grant to cover the cost of one member of their team full time, or a number of people who, between them, are working on the programme for 20 days.
  • At the end of the Discovery Programme organisations can submit a brief for the assessment process of the Fund’s Development Programme. They can apply for up to £60,000, which will be a mix of grant funding and support from a digital agency/expert.

Who can apply? Not-for-profit organisations based in England that are delivering charitable activities to vulnerable communities. To be eligible organisations must be doing work in one of the following areas:

  • Connecting with older people.
  • Connecting with disabled people.
  • Providing advice and support to people who are pushed into crisis.
  • Supporting those who are in medical care or end of life care.
  • Providing essential items directly to families who are hit hardest.
  • Supporting people who experience health inequalities.
  • Supporting people who experience loneliness and social isolation.
  • Supporting people who experience poor mental health.
  • Supporting children and young people to achieve their potential.

Grant amount: £5,000

Application process: The online application form and FAQ document can be found on the website of the Catalyst network.

Deadline: The application deadline for the:

  • Discovery Programme is 5pm on 7 September 2020.
  • Development Programme is 5pm on 20 September 2020.

Website address:

£1000.01 to £10,000
Charitable Company
Registered Charity
Social Enterprise
Funding Theme: 
Covid 19
Unpublish Date: 
Monday, 7 September, 2020