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  • Firstport - Social Innovation Challenge

    Created: 02/06/2024
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance
    This item will show under the following categories: Climate/Environment   Employability   Health and Social Care  

    The Social Innovation Challenge is a programme that funds and supports innovators to kick-start solutions that tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time. The 2024 Social Innovation Challenge is focused on breaking barriers to better health and wellbeing.

    They are looking to support new projects that can remove key barriers preventing individuals or communities from enjoying their right to health and wellbeing. Solutions should be focused on delivering long-term positive social impact directly to individuals or communities.

    The winner can use the funding to help with start-up fees, research and development, salaries and other essential costs, such as rent or buying critical equipment.

    The Challenge is not looking for solutions that are simply delivering health or wellbeing services – instead, they want to see evidence that the projects can create tangible, long-term impact by addressing inequity within those core building blocks of health and wellbeing: housing, education, employment, income, social connectedness, access to green space, nutrition etc. They are also particularly interested in solutions that consider the interconnected nature of these issues and seek to address them in more holistic approaches.

    Fund award sizes

    Maximum: £50,000

    Annually awarded: £50,000

    Notes on award amounts: One winner receives a £50,000 grant. All finalists benefit from a package of tailored support.

    Who can apply

    • Established social enterprises
    • Unincorporated groups or community associations
    • Individuals with an idea for a new project

    How to apply

    Submit an expression of interest on the Firstport website. If shortlisted, you will be invited to pitch your idea to a panel.

    The closing date for expressions of interest is Wednesday 07 August 2024.

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