DigitalBoost Development Grant

Support provided by Scottish Government Business Gateway

What does this involve?

This fund is now closed.

The response to the grant has been exceptional and registration for applications is currently closed. To complete an expression of interest in any future DigitalBoost Development Grant funding, please complete the eligibility check and registration and you will be contacted with further information.
Please remember that you can access free support and advice from Business Gateway and its DigitalBoost programme. Along with the resources available on their website, you can get one-to-one advice and digital consultancy, webinars, online support and a free digital health check.

This £25 million fund aims to help Scottish businesses do more with digital in these challenging times. It can be used to buy software, move your business online, improve cyber security and much more.

It is funded by The Scottish Government in conjunction with Business Gateway and its DigitalBoost programme.

Businesses which are VAT registered can apply for grants of up to £20,000. For VAT-registered businesses, all VAT costs are excluded from the grant sum awarded.

Businesses which are not VAT registered can apply for grants of up to £5,000.

The grant can be used for things like: 

  • buying software
  • digital skills training
  • buying IT or digital communications hardware
  • building an online booking/ticketing system
  • implementing an ecommerce solution
  • data analytics
  • developing an app
  • digital consultancy costs
  • software or hardware rental (first year costs only)
  • building or upgrading a website
  • ongoing annual charges for platforms, hosting or online content management (first year costs only)

It can't be used for:

  • quality accreditation
  • marketing - attending trade fairs, PR & marketing activity, branding
  • building improvements, groundworks, fixtures and fittings
  • initiatives to reduce employment in the business
  • statutory costs, property development and the purchase of stock
  • software or hardware rental (costs beyond the first year)
  • ongoing annual charges for platforms, hosting or online content management (costs beyond the first year)

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you meet the following criteria:

  • your business must be registered and operating in Scotland
  • your business must have been trading a minimum of 6 months (that is, receiving sales income for at least 6 months)
  • applicant must be over the age of 18
  • applicant must be a UK resident with the right to work in the UK
  • your business must meet the European* definition of an SME in relation to employees, balance sheet and turnover

All industry sectors are eligible for consideration. Charities, social enterprises and third sector organisations can also apply.
*The European definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million euro.

What does this cost?

Grant recipients will be expected to contribute at least 50% of the cost of their project.

Who is this for?

All businesses in Scotland which are looking to enhance their service or organisation using digital technology, platforms and innovation.

How long does this take?

Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis until available budget has been exhausted.

The Grant Support Team will reply within 28 days to let you know if your application has been authorised or not.

If your grant is authorised, you have up to 8 weeks (from the date of the application authorisation email) to buy your product(s)/service(s) and claim the grant.

Once your claim for the grant has been received, including receipts and proof of payment, funds will be transferred to your stated bank account within 10 working days.

Important information

The application process is in 4 stages:

1) Eligibility question set – You complete these questions to determine if you are eligible to apply for a grant. If eligible, your place in the queue will be held for 28 days.

2) Digital Integration Plan – You must complete a Digital Integration Plan which will help you define and scope your digital project. You will have a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 28 days to complete the DIP. The DIP will give you the support you need to identify the right technology and appropriate supplier/s to bring your digital project to life. It will help you create an Implementation Roadmap that will support and underpin the success of your digital project.

3) Application form – This is the grant application from which will be pre-populated with your details from the eligibility question set and the DIP. You have 14 days to complete and submit your application.

4) Claim process – After you have received your grant award, you will have 8 weeks to complete your digital project and submit evidence of your grant spend. Once your eligible evidence is verified, your grant will be paid within 10 days.

Next steps

Visit the DigitalBoost Development Grant website for more information and to register your interest in future funding.

Support provided by Scottish Government Business Gateway

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