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.