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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.

The 2022–23 grants have been awarded. There will be no further awards in this financial year.

Any queries about the fund should be emailed to Lucy Feather, Member Services Manager.

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.

Recipients of the previous round of funding (Go-Digital Fund 2022–23).

Nine publishers were awarded Go Digital Awards totalling just over £10K from the Go-Digital Fund 2022–23. The successful recipients and their projects are:

Barrington Stoke / Rocket Bird – Marketing and ecommerce

Bright Red Publishing – Further work on existing digital project

Cranachan Publishing – Audiobook narration

Little Door Books – Online conference ticket

The Wee Book Co – B2B marketing, consultancy

Sainted Media – Animated audiobook project

Scotland Street – Web sales, social media, customer engagement

Scottish Society for the History of Photography – Web sales and PR strategy

White Horse Press – Marketing promo video

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

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