Digital Makers: Open Call for Funding


Nesta and Nominet Trust, in partnership with Mozilla, are pleased to announce an open call for ideas to significantly increase the number of young people who participate in digital making activities. The first call is backed by a fund of £225,000.

The call opens 8 November 2012 and closes 17 January 2013.
Grants will be awarded in March 2013.

The Digital Makers Programme is looking to support initiatives that invite mass participation and use young people’s interests and passions to drive demand from new audiences to become creators, not just consumers of digital technologies – in their thousands.

The first call is backed by a fund of £225,000. Digital Makers also expects to make a small number of grants between £20,000 and £50,000.

Alongside the grant, a package of tailored support will be offered; this includes expert advice and mentoring, access to Nesta, Nominet Trust and Mozilla’s expertise and networks, desk and event space. The support package will be designed with the funding recipients to strengthen and develop their initiative to maximise impact and sustainability.

The Fund is focused on increasing young people’s participation in digital making in the UK. While a participating organisation can benefit from international markets, the proposals should focus primarily or significantly on the benefits it can deliver to UK audiences.

The Funding Call is open to proposals from all sources and sectors and all types of organisations. However, Digital Makers cannot fund activity which is party-political in intention, use, or presentation and will not normally fund the purchase of capital equipment.

The Fund is open to for-profit and private companies.

1. Complete an Expression of Interest to register
2. Attend a workshop or webchat: 29 November, 10 December, 12 December, 14 December, 10 January
3. Submit video pitch and short application form (which can be previewed here) : Thursday 17 January 2013
4. Invited by Nesta to pitch to a selection panel: notifications received by Thursday 14 February 2013
5. Panel pitches: late February/early March 2013
6. Confirmation of awards: March 2013
(source: Digital Makers)


For more information and to register for the Open Call, see the Digital Makers website.