DigitalBoost Development Grant – Now Open For Applications

Funding is available to Scottish businesses to help them do more with digital in these challenging times.


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Fund Suspended: Statement 14/01/2021 9:35am:
The Scottish Government have made an additional £10 million available to businesses through the DigitalBoost programme following the successful £700k pilot phase last year.
We have had a fantastic response with over 2,400 businesses beginning the application process on a first come first served basis. It has been very quickly oversubscribed and we have therefore paused additional registrations for the programme.
We apologise for any inconvenience and would like to advise that regular updates will be posted on
Businesses that may require an update about their application should contact the Grant Support Team via Email: Or Phone: 0345 646 0982 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm)

1. What is the DigitalBoost Development Grant?

This £10m fund is open to Scottish businesses to help them do more with digital in these challenging times. 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 £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.

The fund is open for applications from Tuesday 12th January 2021.

Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

2. Who is it 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.

3. 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.

4. How long does it 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 we’ve received your claim for the grant, including receipts and proof of payment, we 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.

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