The Nominet Trust administers funds generated by the company and since its inception in September 2008 has invested more than £5m in more than 150 projects.
Nominet is the single largest net infrastructure of its kind in the UK, with 9.2 million registered domain names.
Its remit is to fund, support and partner with private and third sector organisations, as well as individuals, to make the internet easier to access, safer to use and to boost the role of the web in improving social issues.
Frank will be working with Nominet Trust on a retained basis. Agency MD Andrew Bloch said: ‘From bedroom developers, to mums on a mission and genius web experts, the internet is where pioneering innovation is happening. Our role will be to give the trust a voice in the media to comment on issues which affect us all, around online safety and access to the internet for excluded groups.’
Projects already funded by Nominet Trust include Internet Buttons, run by We Are What We Do, and The Big March, run by Beatbullying –both existing Frank clients –as well as the first online clinical research trial with Alzheimer’s Society and projects with AgeUK, Global Giving, Child Net and RNIB.
Nominet Trust director Annika Small said: ‘There are many great technologists out there developing web tools that help address big social challenges, but we want to open funding up to a far- reaching range of organisations and projects.
‘Innovation in web use is a growth industry and it’s exciting to see so many people wanting to make the internet an even richer resource for all.’