The Digital Innovation Grant (DIG) programme supports Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Yorkshire to develop their use of digital technology. By exploiting the digital technologies, businesses can access new markets, promote their products and services more effectively and develop new cost-effective ways of working.
The scheme will enhance the digital capabilities of SMEs by raising the confidence of SMEs in using digital technology and will support them to increase their levels of productivity and competitiveness to achieve business growth.
DIG will be delivered through a competitive process, rather than first come first served. Following a call for applications, completed applications will be assessed for eligibility then ranked according to a number of economic and inclusive growth indicators. The grant funding will be available for up to 50% of the value of an investment, with a minimum award of £1,000 up to a maximum of £5,000.
Applicants can apply via a web portal that will manage the process from start to end and give clarity to both the applicants and BMBC, allowing all parties to see where each application is in the process and its current status.
How to apply for the Digital Innovation Grant
Applications for the first round of DIG funding have now closed, the second round of applications will open on Monday 1st of November 2021.
The second round will accept new applications until mid-day on Friday 26th November 2021. The Grant Assessment Panel will then assess applications by Friday 17th December 2021, and applicants will receive their acceptance/rejection confirmation by Friday 14th of January 2022.
It is estimated that applications will open again in February 2022, May 2022, August 2022 and November 2022, at the discretion of BMBC and subject to available funding.
The Digital Innovation Grant Programme is an ERDF funded project and Barnsley MBC are the accountable body. The project is receiving up to £1.63m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.