Open Projects

Welcome to Catalyst Open Projects - the space where digital agencies and experts can find, apply for and follow projects helping civil society tackle urgent challenges.

What is Catalyst Open Projects? ▼

An open process managed by CAST to find the best data, design and digital experts to work on projects that matter. We post tenders from across the Catalyst network, from both the core Catalyst team and on behalf of charities funded by Catalyst. 

How does it work? ▼

  1. Catalyst project tenders will be published on this page. Each project card shows the client, the work, the budget, skills needed and deadline for applications. Full details including reporting requirements and the assessment criteria and team are in the brief, linked on each card
  2. Agencies browse project tenders, explore any relevant briefs and bring questions and comments to one of our weekly partner Q&A sessions, or by emailing the Catalyst point person named in the brief
  3. Apply through our application portal, the Catalyst Grants and Support Hub
  4. The assessment team selects the best placed team for the work and notifies both successful and unsuccessful applicants
  5. Contracts are signed and the work begins!
  6. The Catalyst team will be on hand to support partners and clients to overcome challenges, work together effectively and deliver impact. We’ll also support with the reporting requirements on our system, Ochre.

Who can apply? ▼

We are currently inviting agencies to support the delivery of the Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response. See more details about this fund below. 

For this, we are looking for digital partners that meet the following criteria:

  • Are aligned with the values in the Catalyst Charter
  • Are incorporated
  • Have worked with at least two nonprofits
  • Have up to date accounts and be financially viable long term
  • Are insured (Professional Indemnity)
  • Have the skills and experience necessary
  • Have the capacity/availability to engage.

For more detail on our assessment and requirements, please read our Handbook.

About the Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response ▼

Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response is one of eight expert partnerships, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, to ensure almost £59m of National Lottery funding reaches those communities most vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19. The move is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s COVID-19 emergency response and the partnerships’ collective expertise and networks will ensure funding is distributed to even more communities. The partnerships will focus on supporting organisations that work with those communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

On behalf of the Catalyst network, CAST is receiving £4.95 million from The National Lottery Community Fund, which will be used to support the digital, data and design needs of civil society organisations as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

This includes around £3.2 million of expert support, plus around £1.75 million in direct grants that will enable charities to make best use of the support available. The expert support will help organisations to build their digital, data and design capabilities, and help them deliver essential services via digital channels so they can continue to address urgent issues and serve the most vulnerable.

Missed a Q&A webinar? ▼

If you weren't able to join a particular Q&A webinar, you can find the presentation slides and recordings here:

  • Discovery Learning Programme  - delivering your own programme Q&A - slides and recording
  • Discovery Learning Programme - adding value to a Design Hop Q&A - slides and recording. 
  • Network Learning Partner Q&A - recording

UpRising | UpRising 2.0 Next steps in becoming digital first

UpRising

Overview

Develop an online learning provision, shifting from face-to-face to remote and digital offer with a focus on:

Budget

Up to £28k inc. VAT

Deadline

October 26, 2020
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YMCA England & Wales | Changing Futures Digital - Mental Health

YMCA England & Wales

Overview

A trusted online directory/resource library to deliver coordinated and consistent mental health support and information to young people. The platform would be used by 18 local YMCAs and also accessed by young people seeking support.

Budget

Up to £28k inc. VAT

Deadline

October 26, 2020
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The Scout Association | Improving Volunteers’ digital skills

The Scout Association

Overview

Supporting Scout volunteers to develop digital confidence and capabilities (including skills for digital administration, digital marketing for recruitment, finance management, data & insight) through a self-assessment online learning tool.

Budget

Up to £28k inc. VAT

Deadline

October 26, 2020
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Skills Builder Partnership | Learner-led resources to build essential skills

SkillsBuilder

Overview

The digital support partner will build additional functionality to enhance user experience and tracking on a resource platform for learners in education and employment settings. The solution builds on the existing Skills Builder Universal Framework to support independent learning for young people and adults focussed on eight essential skills: listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.

Budget

Up to £28k inc. VAT

Deadline

October 26, 2020
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The Federation of Groundwork Trusts | Building healthy lives and prospects digitally

The federation of Groundwork Trusts

Overview

Focus on building the confidence, skills and capacity of both Groundwork staff and service users to better use existing digital platforms to deliver high quality e-learning and development experiences and support.

Budget

Up to £28k inc. VAT

Deadline

October 26, 2020
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Service Recipes and Service Patterns (Digital Teams Support)

CAST (on behalf of the Catalyst network)

Overview

Work with Catalyst projects to define and publish Service Patterns used within those projects and ensure that, where possible, solutions are developed with reuse in mind.

Budget

Up to £60k inc. VAT

Deadline

October 27, 2020
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The Proud Trust | Deliver national LGBT+ young people’s 1-1 support

The Proud Trust

Overview

To develop an integrated and tiered tool (compatible with Salesforce) to enable organisations to provide a coordinated range of digital and face-to-face support, information and advice services for LGBT+ young people to tackle growing levels of isolation/loneliness and mental health distress.

Budget

Up to £50k inc. VAT

Deadline

October 26, 2020
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Living Well UK | Supporting face-to-face therapy via digital means

Living Well UK

Overview

To develop an integrated mental health support and therapy provision online appointment booking system used to support vulnerable individuals who are struggling with their mental health.

Budget

Up to £28k inc. VAT

Deadline

October 26, 2020
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Galloway's Society for the Blind | Tech-Ability for the Visually Impaired Community

Galloway's Society for the Blind

Overview

To design a programme of digital support for visually impaired people in Lancashire and Sefton to help tackle digital exclusion, loneliness and isolation.

Budget

Up to £28k inc. VAT

Deadline

October 26, 2020
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Equal Care Co-op | My Team, My Community, My Life: Resilient Support

Equal Care Co-op

Overview

To develop a community platform for volunteers and peer supporters who help people finding it challenging to live independently at home.

Budget

Up to £28k inc. VAT

Deadline

October 26, 2020
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Warrington Youth Club Limited | Digital Platform for young people from Cheshire

Warrington Youth Club

Overview

Developing a digital platform which will allow organisations to work in partnership and collectively support children and young people in Cheshire to break through the multiple barriers to accessing services.

Budget

Up to £50k inc. VAT

Deadline

October 26, 2020
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Caring Together Charity | Optimising service delivery through data analytics

Caring Together Charity

Overview

A data analytics and integration project to inform strategy and increase service efficiency and organisational capacity.

Budget

Up to £28k inc. VAT

Deadline

October 26, 2020
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Data Collective

CAST (on behalf of the Catalyst network)

Overview

We are tendering for a partner to shape and lead a Data Collective - a coordinated effort by a group of organisations to help charities gather, share and analyse data more effectively. This is a pilot project. The partner will need to understand best practice around collecting and analysing data.

Budget

Up to £48k inc. VAT

Deadline

November 2, 2020
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