DigitalBoost Development Grant

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What does this involve?

UPDATE (12 January 2021): Due to high levels of applications for the DigitalBoost Development Grant, new applications have been suspended. Please check the DigitalBoost Development Grant website for regular updates on this situation.


This £10 million fund is open to Scottish businesses to help them 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 who are VAT registered can apply for grants of up to £25,000. For VAT registered businesses all VAT costs are excluded from the grant sum awarded.
  • Businesses who are not VAT registered can apply for grants of up to £5,000

The grant can be used for things like: 

  • Buying software
  • Buying IT, or digital communications, hardware
  • Building an online booking/ticketing system
  • Building an Ecommerce website
  • Developing an app
  • Digital Consultancy costs
  • Software or hardware rental (first year costs only)
  • Building or maintaining websites that are brochures or provide information
  • Ongoing annual charges for platforms, hosting or online content management (first year costs only)

It can't be used for the following:

  • 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?

  • Your business must be based in, and trading in, Scotland
  • Charities, social enterprises and third sector organisations can also apply
  • Your business must be trading a minimum of 6 months
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18
  • Applicants must be a UK resident with the right to work in the UK
  • Businesses must meet the European* definition of an SME in relation to employees, balance sheet and turnover
  • All Industry sectors are eligible for consideration

*European Definition The category of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is made up of 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 25% of the cost of their project.

Who is this for?

The grant is open to all businesses across Scotland who are looking to enhance their service or organisation using digital technology, platforms and innovation. All sectors can apply.

How long does this take?

The online application process should take you less than 30 minutes to complete.

If your grant is authorised – you have up to 4 weeks (from the date of the application authorisation email) to buy your product(s) and claim the grant.

Once they have received your claim for the grant, including receipts and proof of payment, they will aim to transfer the funds to your stated bank account within 5 working days.

All grants need to be claimed by 28th February 2021.

Important information

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

The grant application deadline is 28 February 2021. Grants submitted after this date will not be considered.

Next steps

For more information on eligibility criteria, FAQs and to start your application visit the Digitalboost Development Grant website.

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