Digital Innovation Grants

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, introduce new products and services, 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

Click here for the DIG application guidance

Applications for the fifth round of DIG funding closed at midnight Friday 15th of July 2022. The next application window is planned to open on at 09:00 Monday 5th September 2022.

In the meantime you can review the guidance and start planning your application so you can be ready to submit once the application window opens.

The Grant Assessment Panel will assess applications by Friday the 5th of August, and applicants should receive their acceptance/rejection confirmation by Friday the 19th of August.

It is planned that applications will open again in September 2022 and November 2022 at the discretion of BMBC and subject to available funding. Future calls for applications will also be open for two weeks.

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

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