Combating Rural Isolation

The GovTech Catalyst are looking to invest up to £250,000 in projects that can combat digital exclusion, loneliness and wellbeing in the rural communities of South Wales. With isolation and loneliness having such an impact on the wellbeing of people in rural communities, the competition aims to help fund creative solutions to these complex public-sector problems. 

The GovTech Catalyst – government’s £20 million fund to find creative solutions to complex public-sector problems - Monmouthshire aims to develop digital innovations that could connect isolated people, transform public services and support transport opportunities. The first phase will fund a series of feasibility studies. The best ideas could go on to share up to £1 million to develop them further.

There are 3 main challenges that projects should address:

  • How to use technology to reduce loneliness for older people who are currently digitally excluded.
  • How to co-ordinate transport to improve the ability to travel while reducing public subsidy.
  • How to better connect people in rural areas to improve wellbeing, reduce pressure on health and social care and improve efficiency of services

The GovTech Catalyst supports public sector organisations to find innovative solutions to operational service and policy delivery challenges.

GovTech Catalyst competitions help the public sector identify and work with cutting edge technology firms. The GovTech Catalyst supports the public sector to make innovative use of emerging technologies to:

  • improve public service efficacy
  • increase public sector productivity
  • grow the UK GovTech sector

Competition Information

  • any organisation that can demonstrate a route to market for its idea can apply
  • we expect phase 1 contracts to be worth up to £50,000 and to last up to 3 months
  • we expect phase 2 contracts to be worth up to £500,000
  • successful projects will attract 100% funded development contracts


Competition opens: 16 July 2018

Competition closes: 29 August 2018