Call for Funding - Autumn 2017
We will stop accepting application forms at 5pm on 31st August. We will not be able to accept applications after this deadline - please leave plenty of time to fill in the form and ensure you are signed up to the Digital Participation Charter as we’d hate you to miss out.
We’re inviting organisations across Scotland to join a national movement to promote digital participation and basic digital skills. By undertaking work as part of the Charter Fund you will be expected to sign the Charter before submitting your application. If you have not done this you will be unable to proceed with your application. Read more on the Charter.
We haven’t provided a blank application form. However, below is a list of all the questions you’ll be asked along with a brief explanatory note.
If you feel supporting information is required to further evidence your project idea this can be emailed separately, with your Organisation and Project Name as the reference, to [email protected] following the submission of your application. However, the application will be assessed primarily on the application form. You should make sure that every piece of information you would like considered as part of your application is within the form.
About Your Organisation
Lead Contact Details
We’d like some information on the lead contact for the purpose of this application? This will be the person that we correspond with throughout the application process.
About your project
In the next set of questions we’d like you to tell us more about your specific project idea. The majority of the questions have a word limit, it might be helpful if you draft text in word (or similar) before pasting your final crafted answer. There is a word count indicator under each question for guidance.
Funding & Expenditure
In this section we’d like you to tell us about the money. How much your project costs in total and some more detail about the main areas of expenditure.
These Milestones should form your project plan
This must be completed by someone within your organisation who has the authority to make sure that the project will go ahead if successful.
No, we have used this facility in the past but have found that it is easier for us and applicants to employ a one take approach. The above list outlined in point 3 will give you the exact ordering of questions and level of detail you need to construct answers in advance and copy & paste in.
Yes, however, in order to move forwards you do need to add in a small amount of holding text. This text is draft until you press the final submit button and can be edited as often as you like.
The Charter Fund is open to groups and organisations from all sectors. We are particularly interested in supporting groups that work closely with their local community. Applicants must operate in Scotland, with awarded funds being spent entirely in Scotland.
Of course. We love seeing organisations working together so please feel free to submit a partnership application. The only thing we ask is that one of the organisations is specified as the lead for the duration of the project; they will be the contract holder and take responsibility for the award.
Yes, we will accept more than one application form where several discrete support activities are being proposed and they are not dependent on one another.
The minimum amount of funding is £500 and the maximum is £10,000 per project. If you would like to request amounts outside of these parameters please email [email protected] for a discussion in the first instance.
Yes, however, the activity which you are now asking to be funded must not be continuation funding of that previous project.
After the deadline has passed, all applications will be allocated to a member of the assessing group made up of members of the SCVO team; a random group of applications will be selected for peer review. We will then hold a meeting where all of the projects / applications deemed suitable will be discussed and a final set of recommended projects will be agreed upon. The team’s recommendations are then considered by a panel of experts which has the final approval. We aim to announce our final decisions by the end of September 2017.
Evidence from previous rounds identifies that projects are more successful in supporting people to develop basic digital skills if the activity is embedded in a regular activity. Some examples of this could be linking budgeting activity to an online free app, supporting a job search with the development of a CV or supporting basic cookery classes with an online recipe search. With all projects that are funded we would anticipate that the organisation is taking learning and the changing of their own processes and procedures at the heart of the delivery, and that they will continue to employ this new digital skills development activity in future operations.
Unless discussed with and approved by the Digital Team, all projects must commence in 2017. We are unable to award funding retrospectively; projects are required to commence within 8 weeks of the funding award being made. Please refer to the Charter 5 Timescales for further information.