Another substantial fund open to charities

18 October 2018, Richard Leeming

We know only too well that one factor holding back the organisations we work with from realising their digital ambitions is a lack of money.

That’s why we’re really excited to learn about The Big Lottery Fund’s new £15m Digital Fund which launches on October 22nd 2018.

The fund offers dedicated funding support for digital projects run by charities, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, groups of organisations led by any of the above as well as community interest companies. (Keep in mind that this can include arts, culture and heritage organisations if they fall into any of these categories.) The fund will operate for two years and will award grants of up to £500,000.

The fund has two strands. One is aimed at what they’re calling ‘Digital Pioneers’: these are established charities, with a minimum income of over £500,000 per year, that want to use digital to take a major leap forward. The other is targeted at is aimed at ‘Digital Natives’ which are more recently-established organisations that are successfully using digital, but now need help scaling this up. The grants will run for between one and four years.

The Big Lottery Fund is making the application process relatively straightforward - the first step is just to submit an outline of the idea. Either here for Digital Fund Strand 1 or here for Fund 2.

While that is relatively easy, GMV would love to help you make sure you have a really good chance of submitting a bid that will be successful. After all we have a great track record of winning funding from a variety of sources. We’ve won money from similar digital innovation funds for the arts with artist-led gallery g39 to deliver the 'iBeholder' non-ticketed audience data capture project; with Miracle Theatre for their 'Live & Digital' initiative; and with Artsadmin for their 'Kiwi' data and CRM transformation.

We understand how to ensure the scope of a project meets funding requirements – we’re experienced at shaping submissions so they have a higher chance of success.

Our expertise as an innovation agency focused on using design management skills to develop new products and services means that we can also help you design your project – and find the resources and capabilities to deliver it successfully.

If interested, then the first step is to contact us for a short call to help us understand your current projects and where we see opportunities to shape these to meet the funding requirements.

We are also keen to hear from consortium or groups wanting to pool their resources to deliver shared digital infrastructure.

So if you want some advice before you contact the Big Lottery Fund, drop us an email on

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