The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund – now open for applications
The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund opened last week (24 April 2013) for applications. The Innovation Fund is the first initiative from the Centre for Social Action, which has been established by the Cabinet Office to support programmes that encourage people to create positive change through social action.
The £14m Innovation Fund is being managed by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, and will focus on a small number of big social challenges – from helping older people to age well to supporting young people to get into work – where it is demonstrable how social action can make a difference and is under-exploited by the existing approach of public services.
The first round of the fund is looking for innovative ventures and programmes that use social action to achieve impact in four areas:
- Ageing well: Helping people to age well, particularly by supporting people over 50 years to have a purpose, a sense of well-being and to be connected to others
- Long-term health: Enabling people with long-term health conditions to have a better quality of life, particularly through the use of peer to peer networks and groups
- Young people: Supporting and encouraging young people to succeed and find employment, for example through mentoring, coaching, and peer-to-peer networks
- Impact volunteering: Using new approaches to ‘impact volunteering’ to mobilise volunteers to increase and enhance the outcomes achieved by public services
The fund is open to applications from public services, charities, social enterprises and for profit businesses.