Development organisation Sightsavers has created a £1 million innovation fund to support innovative approaches which illustrate ways to overcome barriers in the promotion of eye health, inclusive education and social inclusion. The funding is available to NGOs, academic institutions, the private sector and disabled people’s organisations.The winning initiatives will receive up to £75,000 each to implement the suggested proposal over 18 months. Lessons from these projects will be shared widely within the development sector, as well as being used to inform Sightsavers’ own programmes.This is the first time that Sightsavers has funded programmes in this way. It is being run as part of a three-year Programme Partnership Arrangement with the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).Director of Policy and Strategic Programme Support for Sightsavers Dominic Haslam said: “Investigating new methods and practices is essential to improving the quality of Sightsavers’ work and the work of the wider development sector. We’re hoping that by bringing different organisations together to overcome these barriers, we can create lasting large-scale change.”The Sightsavers Innovation Fund was run internally last year as a trial.Applications must be received by 30 June 2012.www.sightsavers.org/innovationfund 28 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Sightsavers offers £1m innovation fund to solve development problems AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 May 2012 | News Tagged with: Funding innovation About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.