1. We are looking to support activities in England by innovative organisations and programmes that:
- mobilise the time and talents of people aged 50+ through social action to have a demonstrable positive impact on outcomes in one of our priority themes (children and young people, parents and families, ageing well, resourceful and resilient places).
- harness social action effectively - mobilising people aged 50+ - to work alongside public services.
- have an ambitious and financially sustainable strategy for growing their impact by reaching and benefiting many more people.
- have a commitment to rigorously measuring their ongoing performance and progress against our Standards of Evidence.
- are supported by a competent management team who are open to challenge and support.
2. We are interested in mobilising the time and talents of people aged 50+ and programme funding should exclusively or predominantly be in pursuit of this goal. We recognise that there may be benefits to wider groups (aged under 50+) who may also be involved in the social action initiatives of the programme or organisation, but this cannot be the primary purpose of the work.
3. Nesta can only fund projects which advance our charitable objects for public benefit. We may impose conditions and restrictions on private benefit and profit derived from our funding. In particular, if you are a for profit business, we may require you to make technology developed using the grant freely available, to reinvest profits from commercial exploitation back into your project to deliver greater public benefit, or to return a share of profits to Nesta. If you have any questions about this, please contact us on [email protected].
4. We can support incorporated entities and unincorporated associations with formal membership structures, but not individuals.
5. A number of organisations can apply together, but one must act as lead and take responsibility for the others.
6. As the Second Half Fund is financed by the Office for Civil Society (OCS), grants will come from public funds and must not be used in a way that constitutes unapprovable State Aid.
7. While applicants can be established in any part of the UK, the benefits of their proposals must be within England only.
8. We cannot fund innovations which are party political, or which support or promote religious activity, and can only fund limited paid for marketing or advertising.