Since its inception in 2016, Digital Xtra Fund has distributed £550,000 to 55 high-quality, exciting extracurricular computing and digital technologies initiatives across Scotland. This funding has helped engage nearly 30,000 young people in tech and showed them the breadth of opportunities these skills can provide. A new round of grant awards was launched on 2 September 2019 with a total of £75,000 available.
Grants of up to £5,000 will be awarded to extracurricular activity providers that teach skills and concepts such as coding, computational thinking, digital creativity, data science and cybersecurity from an young age and help inspire Scotland’s next generation of digital makers, leaders and technologists. Submissions will close on 31 October 2019.
To be eligible for a Digital Xtra Fund grant award, applicants must demonstrate that:
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. Initiatives must clearly demonstrate how participants will be involved in the digital making/creation and what skills they will learn.
Applications are sought for initiatives which tangible demonstrate exciting and stimulating ways of engaging young people. In particular, Digital Xtra Fund is keen to support projects which appeal to:
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, industry bodies, charities, schools, other extracurricular activity providers, etc. are strongly encourages 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.
Digital Xtra 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 objections of Digital Xtra Fund and well as:
Applications for the Round V (2019/20) Grant Awards are now open!
The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2019 with the application evaluation period taking place throughout November. Successful applicants will be contacted shortly thereafter for a further round of due diligence. These dates are indicative and may be subject to change with notice of any change provided to applicants via social media.