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£10m DigitalBoost Grant Now Open For Applications


The DigitalBoost Development Grant Fund is now open (as of Tuesday 12th January 2021) to Scottish businesses. This £10m fund is being processed on a first come, first served basis.

If you are running a business in Scotland and want to do more with digital; for example to, increase productivity, safeguard jobs, improve cyber security, build online booking systems, develop apps or invest in hardware/software then this fund may be applicable to you.

Businesses who are VAT registered can apply for grants of up to £25K. 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 5K

Grant recipients will be expected to contribute at least 25% of the cost of their project.

See below for more details about the fund and how you can apply.

Am I Eligible?

Below you will find a short summary of eligibility criteria for the DigitalBoost Development Grant.

  • Applicant organisations must be registered and operating in Scotland.
  • Charities, social enterprises and third sector organisations can also apply.
  • Must be trading a minimum of 6 months. (Applicant business must have been receiving sales income for at least 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

View the full Terms and Conditions of the grant.

*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 Can I Use the Grant For?

Below you will find a short summary of expenditure criteria with regards to the DigitalBoost Development Grant:

The eligible purpose(s) of the relevant project includes:

  • Reducing (non-staff) operational costs
  • Improving market share 
  • Enabling employment to be safeguarded or increased 
  • Increasing revenues 
  • Increasing profit margin 
  • Improving cyber security
  • Moving business online

Eligible expenditure is to introduce new digital capabilities to your business:

  • 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)

Ineligible expenditure (for the grant element of the project) is classed as:

  • 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)


To apply visit www.digitalboostdevelopmentgrant.co.uk or if you are unable to apply online contact the DigitalBoostDevelopment Grant Support team via email:enquiry@digitaldevelopmentgrant.orgor phone: 0345 646 0982 (Monday to Friday 9am -5pm)

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