Innovation fund


About and ISD have partnered to deliver a £1m innovation fund to counter hate and extremism in the UK. The fund will support innovative projects on and offline that seek to disrupt, undermine, counter or provide positive alternatives to hate and extremism.

Throughout 2018, the fund will disburse grants of between £2,000 and £200,000 to campaign groups, civil society organisations, technology developers, educators, young people working with their youth centres, academic institutions or consortia of these organisations or groups.

We particularly encourage new partnerships and initiatives from organisations that may have never worked on projects in this space. ISD will provide training and skills support to awardees where necessary, as well as a robust evaluation framework to measure impact.

The funds will be disbursed through two rounds of grant giving. Round One is open for applications from 14th November 2017 and closes for applications 5th January 2018. Round Two will open mid-April/May 2018, with details the application submission dates to be shared early next year. We encourage applicants with projects that require larger funding or a longer delivery time frame to apply in the Round One (proposals should be designed for a maximum duration of 11 months). Round Two will be for projects of maximum 6-month duration. All grant funded projects from both rounds must conclude by the end of 2018.

Below you will find all the information you need to complete an application. If you still have questions after reviewing this information or during the process of developing your application, please email and a member of our team will respond to you.

Projects granted under this fund will all be:
  1. Innovative, involving new approaches, ways of working, partnerships, or applications of skills or technologies to achieve the fund objectives;
  2. Delivered online or involving a combination of online and offline actions and activities;
  3. Designed for maximum impact and orientated towards practical and demonstrable outcomes;
  4. Designed for delivery in the UK only. We will also fund the UK specific portion of an international project, as long as it meets the other objectives the fund.
Projects funded under this fund must demonstrate how they will meet one of more of the following fund objectives:
  1. Empower and amplify new or existing voices and actions aiming to undermine hate and extremism;
  2. Build resilience to hate and extremism through innovative educational resources and/or approaches;
  3. Enable innovation and fresh thinking in approaches to tackling hate and extremism, including but not limited to technological innovation.
Organisations eligible for the fund are:
  • UK registered charitable organisations or non-UK registered charitable organisations with an established UK presence
  • Academic institutions
  • UK based organisations including registered private companies, social enterprises and civil society organisations with demonstrable charitable aims or social mission embedded into their operating parameters
  • UK or non-UK registered private companies who are working in partnership with a UK charity as part of a consortium

If you are not sure if your organisation fits into the above eligibility, please email with more information on your status, and we will be able to confirm whether your organisation is eligible. Any major clarifications will be posted on this website in the FAQ section as they are answered, as well as by direct response.

Who can apply for a grant?

See the section on Eligibility.and if you have further questions please email

Do you fund general support or only projects?

Grants will only be made to specific projects that meet the criteria of the fund.

Can we apply for multiple grants at once?

Yes – you can submit more than one application for a grant, however be aware that unless you are able to demonstrate how the proposed projects address significantly different goals, it is unlikely that both projects will be selected for funding.

How will successful grants be selected?

Grants will be marked based on an 100 point scheme.

How Clear, Relevant and Credible the Proposal is (20 marks)

Proposals need to:

  • Have clear, concrete objectives, communicated simply.
  • Achieve the objectives of the grant scheme.
  • Be realistic and achievable, considering the budget and timeframe.

The Scale and Value of the Impact (20 marks)

To receive grant funding, proposals do not necessarily need to achieve massive scale. In fact, over-promising could hurt your application. Some projects might seek to reach a wide audience. Others might seek to achieve a greater depth of impact with a smaller number of people. The scale and quality of impacts will influence project marking. Projects should seek to achieve the widest and/or most meaningful impact possible within the realistic boundaries of the project. They should also seek to measure that impact in a relevant and credible manner.

How Innovative the Project is (25 marks)

This grant is designed to help organisations with innovative, original ideas to counter hate and extremism in the UK to make those ideas a reality. Proposals based on original and valuable partnerships, concepts, approaches or technologies will be favoured within this grant scheme.

Value for Money (15 marks)

In order for this grant to make a valuable contribution to countering hate and extremism in the UK, this grant needs to achieve the best possible value for money. Realistic, responsible budgets are an important part of our assessment of grants. Where existing investment can be unlocked or additional funding or in-kind support can be acquired to support project activities, this should be highlighted.

Ethics/Risks/Data Protection (10 marks)

Applicants should demonstrate that they take ethics seriously, consider the risks of projects professionally and proportionately, and have the proper data protection processes in place.

Added Value (10 marks)

This grant seeks to unlock talents, capacities, resources and partnerships to tackle the problem of hate and extremism in the UK. In assessing applications, we will consider the ‘added value’ offer of the organisation/organisations involved in the project, whether that consists of specialist skills, equipment, networks and capacities or valuable collaborations.

Who is on the advisory board?

The advisory board will be made up of 8 to 10 individuals from creative industries, government, technology, youth and education. Following the marking process, they will review shortlisted proposals and in consultation with Google and ISD, make the final grant decisions.

Can organisations from outside the UK apply for a grant?

Organisations from outside the UK can only apply if they are registered charitable organisations with an established UK presence, or are partnering with a UK based charity.

Can private companies apply for a grant?

Private companies can only apply if they are UK based and have demonstrable charitable aims or social missions embedded into their operating parameters. Other private companies (UK or non-UK) can apply by partnering with a UK based charity.

Can a grant be used for political activity or lobbying?


Fund clarifications

Any major clarifications shared while the application process is open will be posted here as they are confirmed.

If you would like to be notified of future clarifications or fund updates, please send an email to to be added to the mailing list.

Applying for grants under £20,000

Please click below if you are applying for a grant below £20,000.

As part of your application, you will need to submit a budget. Please download our template here. Budgets not in this template will not be accepted.

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Applying for grants over £20,000 

Please click below if you are applying for a grant over £20,000.

As part of your application, you will need to submit a budget. Please download our template here. Budgets not in this template will not be accepted.

Click here to start your application