Funding – Connected Communities Innovation Fund

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The Connected Communities Innovation Fund will be supporting great innovations that enable a wider group of volunteers to give their time and skills, and will work with selected projects to develop their plans to consider how they will mobilise volunteers including:

• People aged 50+ – we want to back social action innovations that mobilise the time and talents of people aged 50+ in new ways, especially those who may not have previously volunteered.

• People who want to give less intensively – we want to back social action initiatives that offer a variety of opportunities from high commitment to smaller commitment, sharing time and resources in new ways, and enabling a variety of people to give their time and talents.• People who want to connect online – we want to back social action initiatives that make the most of technology to connect with and engage volunteers, and that perhaps even allow them to give their time online.There are two sizes of funding awards available, depending on the maturity of the idea. Both awards are available for innovations in all four priority areas.

• Early stage ideas:  We will provide grants of £50-75k, and significant non-financial support, over 12 – 18 months for innovative social action approaches. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the high potential for impact on public service outcomes in the thematic areas; the innovation must also offer something different and needed in the field. However, you might still need to do some testing or prototyping to evidence impact, or you may need to work on your scaling plans.

• Growing great ideas: We will provide grants of £100-250k, and significant non-financial support, over 2 years for innovations ready to sustainably grow their existing social action project or programme to reach and benefit many more people in new locations.

Further information here: http://www.nesta.org.uk/project/connected-communities-innovation-fund

Courtesy of Slough CVS e-bulletin

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