Charter Fund

There are great digital participation projects going on across Scotland. We want to support existing projects to do more, and encourage new projects to get started.

Our Digital Participation Charter Fund, supported by the Scottish Government, the ERDF and BT, invests in community digital participation projects across Scotland. The projects that we’re supporting will enable groups and organisations to digitise content, build digital networks and improve the digital skills of their members, so that they can continue to thrive in the digital world.

Project criteria

Projects must meet some broad criteria to be considered for funding.

  • The project must be about developing the basic digital skills of am organisation’s staff or the people they’re supporting
  • The following six focus groups will receive a greater weighting at the assessment stage (please note that we are unlikely to fund projects that are aimed at children):
    • Older people
    • Disabled people
    • Ethnic minority groups
    • Remote and rural communities
    • People seeking benefits
    • Glasgow
  • Awards will typically range from £100 to £10,000; applications for more than this will only be considered in exceptional circumstances
  • To help us understand what the project has achieved and what lessons others can learn, successful projects will be required to:
    • Ask the individuals they’re supporting to fill out a short questionnaire to gauge their basic digital skills
    • Provide regular progress updates by posting content to your project page (here’s an example)

Other terms and conditions will also apply.

We are also working closely with organisations that have signed Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter to identify additional in-kind support (e.g. donations of equipment and volunteers). You will be able to express your interest in this kind of support by ticking the box at the end of the application form.

ERDF BT