Charity IT Tech For Good - Funding, Grants, Recycling and Free Support - Computers, Hardware, Software & Digital

Charity IT Tech For Good - Funding, Grants, Recycling and Free Support - Computers, Hardware, Software & Digital. Download the full list from the Income Questionnaire. Just 1 of 40+ funder lists available. Either login, or register, everything is free.

Organisations That Will Help You

These are some of the 100s of organisations that help the sector for free that are listed in the free Charity Excellence Framework online toolkit.

General

  1. Charity Digital - not free, but deeply discounted software and tech services. Previously Tech Trust, I don't normally make recommendations, but I've always used this great charity in my own charity roles and you should too.
  2. Charity Digital News - free daily practical advice on all things digital. Explained in a way anyone can understand and, as digital is a known sector weakness, for all of us, not just the geeks.
  3. Google for Non-Profits – free tools and grants for non-profits.

Support and Volunteers

  1. CITA - IT support
  2. Donate Code - designer & developer volunteer network 
  3. Digital Candle – Helpline: free 1 hr phone call with a digital expert
  4. Founders & Coders - design, build and test new digital services

Hardware

  1. IT for Charities - list of charities/companies that dispose of and/or provide refurbished IT, not all free.
  2. Computers for Charities - charity providing low cost IT
  3. ComputerAid - very low cost refurbished IT for non-profits.
  4. IT Schools Africa - e-learning technology to improve life opportunities for school students and local communities in Africa and the UK. 

Software

  1. Wikipedia - list of free and open source software organisations
  2. Benchmarking - core & advanced accounts
  3. Mango – Excel-based accounting system; codes, transactions and reports  
  4. SAGE Foundation – SAGE software donations
  5. Oracle Net Suite – software donations and services
  6. Microsoft - free 365 software
  7. GNU PSPP - statistical analysis of sampled data, very similar to SPSS
  8. R Project - software environment for statistical computing and graphics

Toolkits To Find Free IT/digital tools

The Charity Excellence Framework also has the largest resource base in the charity sector. Here are some of them.

  1. TechforgoodCAST – social impact tech resources on Git Hub
  2. Digital Maturity Frameworks Overview – 57 digital tools, sortable

UK IT & Tech Funders

  1. Aviva Community Fund 2020 - small charities (under £1m pa) - drive long-term sustainable success and make a life-changing impact, includes support with digital and data skills through its Digital Knowledge Library.
  2. Bethnall Green Ventures - funding accelerator twice a year that gives out monetary support, mainly to start-ups, using tech to drive social and environmental change.
  3. Comic Relief Tech for Good - social tech projects at any stage of their digital journey. 
  4. DCMS - occasional tech for good grants and support for charities.
  5. Eddie and Vanessa George Memorial Fund – grants for IT training for people in Cornwall.
  6. Family Fund – computers and tablets for disabled people and their families. 
  7. Fat Beehive Foundation - grants relating to the use of Information Technology
  8. Germinate – computers for rural people. 
  9. Misys Charitable Foundation - public education in communications and IT, and their application in commerce.
  10. National Lottery Digital Fund - using digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive.
  11. Nesta - large-scale innovation for challenges such as healthcare, public services and infrastructure.
  12. Social Tech Trust – previously Nominate, transforming lives with technology.
  13. WCIT – pro bono support and grants.

Global IT & Tech Funders

  1. Google.org Impact Challenge - asks local nonprofit innovators and social entrepreneurs how they would make their community—and beyond—an even better place. Opportunities announced on a rolling basis.
  2. Microsoft AI for Good - using AI to solve complex problems facing our society. 
  3. Microsoft Social Entrepreneurship - supports social impact start-ups with technology, connections and grants.
  4. The Mozilla Foundation - connectivity and open internet initiatives for advocacy and on-the-ground work. They have annual tech grants for regionally targeted work
  5. Wikipedia - links to free software project foundations in the US.

Or, Try This Instead...

Rather than search for a funder of technology, look for a funder who would be interested in what their grant would achieve. Here are some ideas:

  1. Allen Lane Foundation - small grants for start-up, core or project costs.
  2. Comic Relief – £500 capacity building grants for small grass roots community groups, with income under £250k. 

If you want more like these, download the Start-Ups & new Ideas, or the Crisis & Growth funder lists from the income questionnaire.

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This is just one of 50 funder lists and 100+ free funding finders, plus the CEF's COVID Funder Database - here's the full list. Everything is free. 

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