The Department of Finance has opened a £30,000 Innovation and Outreach Fund to encourage the use of open data.

Awards of between £300 and up to £5,000 are available to fund the development of apps or other interactive visualisations that make innovative use of data on the Open Data NI portal.

Organisations and individuals hosting engagement activities including hackathons, workshops, seminars or events that will raise awareness of open data will also be eligible to apply to the fund.

Opening up public sector data has the potential to provide commercial opportunities and drive economic growth and innovation. This fund will encourage creative re-use of the growing number of public sector datasets available on the Open Data NI Portal and help deliver on the ambitious targets set out in the Open Data Strategy.

More information

Further information about the Innovation and Outreach Fund can be found at

The deadline to apply is Friday 7 February 2020.

Successful applications will be notified on 24 February 2020. Funded activities and projects need to be completed by 30 June 2020.