The National Lottery Community Fund supports the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards

Written by Louise Stokes, DigitalAgenda

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund will join a fantastic speaker line up, addressing Tech for Good, Social Transformation and Social Impact Investing at this year’s Impact Awards on 7th March.

The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder in the UK, will be supporting the Impact Awards 2019 as Social Transformation Category partner. The announcement comes following the recent announcement by culture secretary Jeremy Wright that DCMS are also backing the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards. 

DAWN AUSTWICKThe other 12 supporting partners in addition to The National Lottery Community FundandDCMS include the BBC, UCL, Lloyds Banking Group and impact investor Clearly So.

Speaking about the importance of digital transformation, Dawn Austwick, said, ““As part of our commitment to civil society and developing digital skills, last year we launched a £15 million programme to fund charities and community organisations to grow their digital capabilities. This National Lottery funding aims to help both digital natives and digital pioneers in the sector maximise their impact, by putting people at the heart of their digital services. This is an exciting stage in our own journey to be an effective digital funder.”

Dawn added, “I am therefore pleased that we will be supporting this year’s DigitalAgenda Impact Awards as its Social Transformation partner. These awards showcase the best innovations in responsible ‘tech for good’ from across UK businesses, government and non-profits.”

DigitalAgenda has named 36 projects as the 2019 finalists. The winners of 12 key categories will also be unveiled on 7 March, along with the winner of a People’s Choice poll, still open for the public voting until 28 February.

Dawn will be joining awards host, Naga Munchetty alongside a fantastic speaker line-up that includes, Margot James MP, DCMS Minister for Digital, Paul Miller from Bethnal Green Ventures, Tessa Clarke from OLIO, Headline sponsor Eleanor Bradley from Nominet and Rod Schwartz from impact investor Clearly So.

Describing the Awards event, Rachel Neaman, Head of Digital Agenda said, “These Impact Awards will connect good ideas to good money, including at the networking evening reception afterwards”

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