Nesta’s Digital Makers Fund – Reminder of Imminent Deadline (UK)

The Digital Makers Fund, provided by Nesta, is designed to support innovators with bright ideas for significantly increasing the number of young people who participate in ‘digital making’ activities.

Digital making is described as the creative process of making a product or digital artefact – from websites, apps, games, and 3D animations to physical objects driven by microcontrollers.

The programme will feature a series of funding opportunities. The first round has a total budget of £225,000 and individual grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available. Alongside the grant, a package of tailored support will be offered, including advice and mentoring and access to expertise and networks, desk and event space.

Ideas that lead to the creation of digital products that can be widely shared will be funded. The emphasis is on new products that can help teach digital making skills in new ways or drive participation from new groups of users. Examples of where funded ideas may feature include the internet, home, clubs, work, play, camps, school, shopping centres, sporting events and gigs.

Nesta is inviting applications from organisations across the UK that have the ability to engage young people in digital making activities. Proposals are welcome from all sources and sectors and all types of organisations – communities, charities, social enterprises, businesses, academia and public services.

The deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest is this Thursday; 10 January 2013. Following this, applicants must submit a short video pitch of no more than two minutes and a short application form that captures some basic information about the idea and organisation. The deadline for this stage is 17 January 2013.

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