The Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response was launched this week.

The fund is open to charities and other civil society organisations based in England whose operations have been affected by COVID-19 and who need emergency funding to deliver essential digital services.

Opportunities for charities and other civil society organisations

The current programme comprises two funding avenues: a short Discovery phase for charities nearer the start of their digital journey, and a longer Development phase for those at a more advanced stage. Funding will be given as a mix of grants and expert support, ranging from £5,000 up to £60,000.

Applicants must be part of a formal or informal network of ten or more other charities, and must be working with one of nine key groups facing disproportionate challenges as a result of COVID-19.

Full details and a link to the application form are available on the Catalyst website.

Opportunities for digital, data and design agencies

Catalyst are keen to hear from experienced digital partners to work directly with charities and help deliver the support programme.

They are looking for six experienced training partners to teach charities Discovery over a 4-week learning programme in October, and tens of digital agencies to carry out 10-week Development projects starting in November with charities that have a validated problem area to explore. Contracts of up to £28,000 per organisation will be available.

Full details are available on the Open Projects tendering page of our website, where more tenders will be added over the coming weeks.

If you have additional queries, please contact the Catalyst team.