Powering up communities

19 Jul 2019

By Sue Hennessey

I’m delighted to be managing the Power Up Fund as part of Good Things Foundation’s commitment to helping people to improve their lives through digital. Power Up is an exciting new initiative aimed at working in collaboration with local organisations in four target areas - the East London boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.

Good Things Foundation recognises that there is a significant opportunity to use digital inclusion to create a fairer society and a more inclusive economy. To help achieve this, in partnership with J.P. Morgan, we’ve launched the Power Up Fund, which is an innovative new grant programme that takes a place-based approach - giving people a digital boost which will help them improve their lives, businesses and communities. As an outcomes-focused relationship funder, we’re keen to work with local organisations to support the development of ideas that put people and communities at their heart, building on the strengths and assets in an area.

We’re looking to work with organisations to improve the quality and effectiveness of support in localities, taking a joined-up approach to delivery and ensuring digital is embedded across local services. Good Things Foundation is committed to providing support throughout the journey with applicants, from clear and transparent advice and guidance in developing project proposals, through to supporting successful grantees with coaching, service design, impact measurement and evaluation. We’re also committed to building capacity to create a step-change in the way support for individuals, businesses and communities are designed and delivered.

The Power Up Fund has £1.3m available, and will provide grants of between £50-100k for projects delivered in the target localities between November 2019 and April 2021. We’re looking to support proposals that take a person-centred approach, recognising the interconnectivity of finances, work, health and social connections and considering the whole individual and their lives.

We are also interested in reaching under-represented groups, and recognise the wealth of local knowledge and evidence that organisations’ who have a delivery presence in the target areas have already developed, in order to build on the intelligence gathered as part of the research reports which underpin the Power Up Fund. We’re aiming to create a body of evidence and practice for what works in the longer term, in order to improve awareness among wider stakeholders, providing excellent foundations for the future and connecting local organisations, joining up support, and providing a catalyst for area change.

We’re welcoming applications until midnight on Wednesday 31st July 2019 and are happy to have conversations to help you to develop potential ideas and collaborations, so please check out the Power Up website or email us on hello@power-up.org.uk.

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