Here’s where we are so far:
Projects all over the world are using mySociety’s tools to run their websites
mySociety’s civic software is free and open source.
It’s used by organisations in many different countries.
But sometimes, those organisations need a little support.
That’s where we can help.
- Advice on getting started
- Documentation and tech support
- Guidance on funding and web hosting
- Welcome to a global community
And for non-commercial projects, our support is completely free.
Explore projects running on our code
What makes a good partnership?
We welcome new partners who want to deploy our code in their own country — but a mySociety partnership isn’t right for everyone.
Take a look at the following questions. If you can answer ‘yes’ to most or all of them, partnership is much more likely to be a good fit.
- Is there a real user need for your project, and can you demonstrate it? Show us who will use your site, and how well you understand them.
- Has your project or organisation been running for a while? It’s not always a problem if you’re brand new, but it helps if we can see some proof that you are sustainable.
- Do you understand the commitments involved in running a civic tech project? Running a site involves ongoing duties in user support, maintenance, and marketing, for the lifetime of the project. You can’t just launch it and leave it.
- Is there more than one person working on your project? Running any of our codebases is a hard job for someone working alone. You’ll have a better chance of success if you have others to help you with some of the many tasks involved.
- Are you willing to apply for joint funding with us? Joint funding is a win-win situation: both sides benefit. We can help you locate and apply for the right kind of grants.
- Will you put users at the heart of your project? We want to make sure that any project we support will do good for its users — so we always begin with a user-centred design exercise.
If you can answer ‘yes’ to at least 4 of those questions, take a look at what we can offer you.
See what we can offer you
Right now, we are not funding new projects ourselves. We are still happy to explore partnerships with you if you are prepared to join us in bids for grants.
Here’s what you can expect when you partner up with us to redeploy our code.
Help with one of these mySociety codebases
We are currently willing to discuss joint funding bids with projects wishing to use one of these tools:
As much technical help as you need
You don’t need to have coding skills to run a mySociety project – but if you have, that’s fine too. You might only need us to show you the codebase and documentation, or you might need us to get involved in building the project for you. Let’s talk and find out how we can help.
Some developer time
We allocate a set number of days to each partner before and after launch. During that time we’ll be working only on getting your project up and running. After that period, requests for new features are considered in the context of how much value they will give across all users of the code, internationally.
Hosting, if you need it
Many of our partners host their own sites, but in some circumstances we can host your new site while you get up and running. Generally, we sign up for six months’ hosting (including development time); at the end of this period, we will review the agreement together.
Access to our specialist skills
We can help you with any or all of the following: project management, Adwords help, marketing, user testing, research, analysis of your data, design.
A helpful, friendly community
We have partners all over the world, and we share experience and advice via events, online forums, research, documentation and community feedback.
Please note that we are currently only accepting applications from projects who are willing to apply for joint grant funding with us.
We are re-assessing our application process and any changes will be reflected on this page.
How to apply
First, read What Makes A Good Partnership? and See What We Can Offer You (in the previous tabs). Gather together any evidence or statistics that answer the questions in What Makes A Good Partnership?.
Once you are ready, click the button below to access the application form.
Note: Sadly, we are not able to approve all applications. Due to our own limited resources, we sometimes have to make hard choices about the projects we can commit to.
You can maximise your chance of a positive outcome by providing information, via the application form, that shows your planned project will be useful, viable, and resourced for the long term.
We’ll let you know whether or not your application has been shortlisted.
If it has, we may wish to talk to you and get some more details, so we’ll arrange to call you via Skype or Google Hangout.
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