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£1m Nesta Challenges prize fund available for civil society to tackle social isolation

Nesta Challenges has launched its Tech to Connect Challenge, offering £1 million of funding and support to help civil society organisations across England to develop tech-based solutions to reduce social isolation.

Charities, social enterprises and social ventures from across the country are encouraged to apply. The £1 million prize will consist of £500,000 worth of business support from Nesta Challenges and £500,000 in grant funding. The prize aims to attract a wide range of innovative solutions to support people suffering from isolation; from young people to new parents, carers and the recently bereaved; from students starting university to older people and those with disabilities; and from those moving to a new area of the country to refugees.

Nesta Challenges is encouraging organisations from across the board to submit their ideas through its short submission form. Entries open on Wednesday 26 June and close on Wednesday 7 August. To register your interest, visit: https://techtoconnect.challenges.org/

Additional information

Nesta Challenges is delivering the prize on behalf of DCMS. The Tech To Connect Challenge will play a direct role in driving innovation and engagement to deliver the policy direction set out in the cross-government Civil Society Strategy. Government has made a commitment to explore what more can be done to harness the power of technology to address complex social issues. In particular, Government is committed to exploring how civil society can take better advantage of technological innovations to help solve some of the most pressing social challenges. The Tech To Connect Challenge will deliver on this objective by encouraging participating organisations to focus on tackling social isolation.

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