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24 October 2021

Go-Digital Fund

 

The purpose of the fund is to assist  Scottish-based book publishers  to develop their digital offering and skills through access to marketing opportunities, events, training and consultancies.

Round 1 of the Go Digital Fund 2021 has supported 11 Scottish publishers to the amount of £14,141 with the development of digital initiatives; ranging from new video functionality and ecommerce function on company websites, bespoke training, purchase of equipment, consultancy and digital marketing boosts.

There will be another round of the fund in winter 2021. 

For enquiries about the fund, contact our Member Services Manager Lucy Feather.

 

About the Fund

The Go-Digital fund supports Scottish-based book publishers in bringing their books to a new digital audience. It's administered by Publishing Scotland with the help of funding from Creative Scotland. 

The costs that will normally be funded are:

  • For digital marketing purposes
  • For the services of a specialist/consultant
  • For attending a digital event or conference
  • For equipment and software necessary in supporting the digital project
  • For attending a training course, or arranging an in-house training course on a digital theme

Publishers can claim costs up to a maximum of £1,500 per company.

CRITERIA FOR AWARDS

  • As with any Creative Scotland funding, the quality of your publishing programme is important.
  • Financial need.
  • Type of publishing - priority will normally be given to publishers of fiction, children's books, poetry, and selected non-fiction (normally of a cultural nature) but other types of publishing will be considered.
  • Your company must be substantially based in Scotland.
  • Self-publishers and publishing services companies are not eligible.

 

You may also be eligible for these Scottish Government funds and loans:

DigitalBoost Grant

The DigitalBoost Development Grant is funded by The Scottish Government to help businesses become more competitive, productive, resilient and drive forward Scotland's economic recovery. Launched on 24 August 2021 the closing date was 21 December 2021 but the response to the grant has been exceptional and registration for grant applications is currently closed. To complete an expression of interest in any future DigitalBoost Development Grant funding please complete the Eligibility Check. 

Digital Development Loan

Scottish limited companies, sole traders and partnerships who have been trading for more than 6 months are eligible to apply for a Digital Development Loan (created by the Scottish Government to provide loans to those looking to improve their digital capabilities).  Interest free, unsecured business loans from £5,000 to £100,000 are available with up to 5 years repayment. To check eligibility and to apply, see the Digital Development Loan website