Nesta, ShareLab Fund, deadline 5 January 2018 (9am)

17 November 2017

Nesta is inviting expressions of interest for the ShareLab Fund. Funded projects will use collaborative digital platforms to create new ways of mobilising assets, time, skills, money, resources and people, to address social needs.

Grants of £15,000 to £30,000 and mentoring support are available for organisations that want to test an innovative idea, or move from prototype to pilot. 

What ideas is the funder looking for?


To be considered, ideas/projects must:

  • Make use of a collaborative digital platform, broadly defined as: “a web based digital tool, such as an app or a website, that helps find, connect or mobilise assets, time, skills, money, resources or people to address a social challenge.”
  • Clearly demonstrate the ability to contribute to the aim of prevention: directly or indirectly preventing problems from starting, growing worse, or creating follow-on needs.
  • Focus on areas of prevention that are likely to help relieve pressure on existing local public services provided by local authorities or other public sector organisations.


Applications demonstrating some or all of these characteristics will be favoured:

  • Have the potential to be conducted or tested in partnership with local authorities or other public sector organisations.
  • Outline a plausible route to becoming financially sustainable.
  • Explore innovative forms of operating / ownership that spread benefits widely.


Please read the guidance notes and terms and conditions before completing the expression of interest.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5 January 2018 (9am).


Answers to frequently asked questions are available or email

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