Digital Xtra Fund

Since its inception in 2016, Digital Xtra Fund has distributed £450,000 to deserving extracurricular digital skills initiatives across Scotland. A new round of grant awards was launched on 30 August 2018 with a total of £75,000 available.

Grants of up to £5,000 will be awarded to extracurricular activity providers that teach skills such as coding, data science, and computational thinking and help inspire Scotland’s next generation of designers, developers, and digital technologists. Submissions will close on 1 November 2018.

To be eligible for a Digital Xtra Fund grant award, applicants must demonstrate that:

  • The Main Applicant is a UK registered company, registered charity, Chartered body, school, college, or university actively involved in the provision of computing education and/or digital technologies related activities
  • The proposed initiative meets the Core Objective of Digital Xtra Fund as outlined in the Grant Application Guidelines
  • The primary audience are young people aged 16 years and under
  • The proposed initiative will take place in Scotland
  • The activity is extracurricular as defined below:

An extracurricular digital technologies activity is any activity that enables young people to learn various advanced digital technologies skills outside the realm of the core school education curriculum; whilst providing a safe, fun, and sociable environment.

Activities delivered in a school environment – such as youth organisations, clubs, or touring programmes – are defined as extracurricular provided they do not form part of the core school curriculum.

Activities relating to only the use of technology or which teach entry-level or basic digital literacy skills are excluded from this funding.

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What we want to achieve

The core objective of Digital Xtra Fund is to inspire young people to learn advanced digital technologies skills through high quality, exciting extracurricular activities, thus expanding the talent pipeline of young people who might study related disciplines and ultimately pursue a career in digital technologies. Projects must clearly demonstrate how participants will be involved in digital making/creation and what skills they will learn.

Applications are sought for initiatives which tangibly demonstrate exciting and stimulating ways of engaging young people. In particular, Digital Xtra Fund is keen to support projects which appeal to:

  • young people previously unengaged in digital technologies
  • young people from areas often excluded from digital technologies activities through lack of local facilities or geography (i.e. areas of high deprivation and/or rural isolation)
  • young people from other underrepresented groups (i.e. girls and young women)

 

Activities which contextualise the skills learned and promote various pathways into a career in digital tech or computing science are also particularly of interest. Partnerships with other organisations such as industry, government bodies, charities, schools, other extracurricular activity providers, etc. are strongly encouraged to help achieve this aim.

The Digital Xtra Fund Grant Awards are made possible by the generous support of the Fund’s Partners. The binding commonality across Digital Xtra Fund and our Partners is a will to engage and inspire more young people to understand and create with digital technologies and give them the skills needed to succeed in an increasingly digital world. In addition to providing financial support, many of the Fund’s Partners will also help successful applicants via employee engagement, further contextualising skills and promoting various career pathways.

What we are looking for

Digital Extra Fund will be looking for evidence that the grant is needed, is of value, and that the activity will provide a positive impact on the provision of extracurricular digital technologies and computing science activity across Scotland for young people aged 16 years and under.

Applicants will need to clearly demonstrate how the proposed activity aligns with the the objectives of Digital Xtra Fund as well as:

  • define measurable and realistic targets and outcomes for the proposed project
  • indicate how participants will learn about the proposed project and become involved
  • explore partnerships with industry and other key stakeholders to generate synergy
  • outline plans to sustain and/or develop the activity post grant
  • provide a project plan including key personnel, budget, and key milestones
  • provide post-project evaluation
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Thank you!

Applications for the Round IV (2018/19) Grant Awards are now closed. Thank you to everyone for your submissions.

The application evaluation period will take place throughout November with successful applicants being contacted shortly thereafter for a further round of due diligence. Following this, all applicants will be notified as to the results in mid-December.

These dates are indicative and may be subject to change with notice of any change provided to applicants via email.

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