About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound effect on the lives of millions of people around the world. The threat of the disease and increasing casualties are destabilising our communities. Recently imposed restrictions to daily life have forced us to quickly adopt different ways of working, learning and connecting with each other.

Whilst this crisis has brought unprecedented challenges both for people and society, we’ve been humbled by the wave of inspiring new ideas developed in response. Innovation is more important now than ever before. From neighbourly acts of kindness to tracking important data , the last few weeks and months have shone a light on the power of human creativity and collaboration.

Alongside directly supporting our grantees, we’ve been tapping into our networks and harnessing the expertise of our staff to pull together a list of practical ways to make a positive impact during the pandemic. Explore this curated list of resources, from funding and volunteer opportunities to ways to share your data to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

Whether you are looking to offer help or find support for yourself or your organisation, we hope this list provides you with a new idea or useful opportunity. This is an evolving resource and we welcome suggestions for additions within the existing sections or for new ones at [email protected]. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to help us develop this piece.