1. When is the deadline?
We will stop accepting application forms at noon on 30th April. 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!
2. Digital Participation Charter
We’re inviting organisations across Scotland to join a national movement to promote digital participation and essential digital skills. By undertaking work as part of the Charter Fund you will be expected to sign the Digital Participation Charter before submitting your application. If you have not done so you will be unable to proceed with your application. You can read more on the Charter.
3. What questions will I be asked in the application form?
You’ll be asked to answer the following questions. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org following the submission of your application. However, the proposal will be assessed primarily on the application form and you should make sure that the key pieces of information you would like considered as part of your application are within the form.
About Your Organisation
- Organisation name – Please enter the name of your organisation as it appears registered with OSCR or your regulatory body.
- Organisation overview. Please give us a succinct overview of the work of your organisation.
- Client Group – in the context of this application, please tell us more about the people you support and how you support them?
- Organisation address – What is the postal address of the organisation?
- Local Authority Area/s you operate in? This should be all of the areas that your organisation is active in – not just for this project (that comes later)
- Organisation website – please provide a link to your website
- Type of Organisation – please tell us whether you are a Third, Public or Private sector organisation?
- Charity Registration Number (leave blank if you’re not OSCR registered)
- Companies House Registration Number (leave blank if you’re not registered with Companies House)
Lead Contact Details
We’d like some information on the lead contact for the purposes of this application. This will be the person that we correspond with throughout the application process and will most probably be the lead person responsible for the overall day-to-day delivery.
- First Name – This is the preferred name of your lead contact and what we’ll call them if we need to ask for clarification.
- Last name – or surname (just in case there is more than one person with the same first name)
- Telephone – Please tell us what the best telephone number is to contact you if we need to
- Email – Please enter the email address of the lead contact. All project communications will be made with this contact unless otherwise stated.
About your project
In the next set of questions, we’d like you to tell us more about your specific project idea. Most of the questions have a word limit, it might be helpful if you draft your text in word (or similar) before pasting your final crafted answer. There is a word count indicator under each question for guidance.
- Project Name – A short, snappy title for your project
- Start and End Date – The earliest start date for your project under Round 7 will be Thursday 1st August 2019. In the past we have had projects ranging from 6 months to 15 months, but the average delivery period has generally been 9/12 months which works well with the regular reporting periods and payment schedule.
- Project Detail – We’d like to get a clear understanding of your project. Please explain your proposal and how it will support people who don’t have essential digital skills. Think about things such as (but not limited to): who you are supporting; who will be running the project; what type of activities you will be doing to support people’s learning; what devices will be used (if any) (N.B. There is a 400-word limit for this answer – you might like to refine your answer in word (or similar) first.
- Project Delivery – Please tell us where this specific project will be delivered in terms of Local Authority area, including detail right down to the community or neighbourhood. We’d also like to know what spaces/buildings you will use. (N.B. There is a 300-word limit for this answer)
- Which key target theme are you addressing? – Please tell us which of the two key themes you are addressing – either Reducing Social Isolation or Increasing Economic Prospects. You will then be asked to select your target groups within these two options. Please select all target groups that apply and ensure they are explained/referenced within your application.
- Project Management – Please explain how the project will be managed within your organisation and who will be responsible for reporting on progress (N.B. There is a 400-word limit for this answer)
- Embedding the activity – Our evidence tells us that greater success is achieved if the importance of developing essential digital skills levels is understood across an organisation and embedded in its day-to-day activity. Please use this space to tell us how you will embed your proposed digital skills activity across the work of your organisation. Please give some examples of the activities you already do in this area or, if you’re at the beginning of your digital journey, let us know what your plans are in terms of organisational development and what would be looking to implement. (N.B. There is a 400-word limit for this answer)
- Number of people supported – How many people will be supported to gain essential digital skills?
- Measuring progress – Please explain how you will measure the progress and the number of people you are supporting. You will be required to ensure that each learner has undertaken an Essential Digital Skills audit at the beginning and end of their learning (we will make this available to you) (N.B. There is a 300-word limit for this answer)
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.
- Total amount of funding you are applying for – please note, the maximum that can be applied for is £10,000. Any projects seeking a larger investment must contact SCVO Digital Team in advance of applying to discuss further.
- Main Items of Expenditure: Please list up to six principle items of expenditure (a minimum of one must be given) – we will need to see a description of the item and the budgeted cost. Please check your figures carefully!
These milestones should form your project plan and should be detailed enough to allow us to understand your approach to developing, implementing and delivering your project successfully.
- Project Plan – we would like you to outline the key milestones of the project. You can add up to 4 milestones.
- Milestone – Briefly explain what the key achievement will be at this stage
- Date – When will you aim to achieve this objective by?
This must be completed by someone within your organisation who has the authority to both sign off the grant acceptance and make sure that the project will go ahead if successful. This person will also be your contract signatory so please ensure the appropriate person is named because if you do not it will cause unnecessary delays later at the contracting stage.
4. Can I save my application?
Yes, it is possible to save your application form and return to it at a later date. However, you must first complete some initial key bits of information to ensure your record is created. At the bottom of each page is an option to “continue application later” which, once clicked, will send a link to your chosen email address. If you have any problems or queries on this please contact email@example.com and remember to keep note of the application deadline!
5. Can I move backwards and forwards within the application form?
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.
6. Who is eligible to apply?
The Charter Fund is open to groups and organisations from all sectors who are working to improve the essential digital skills of their communities or service users. 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.
7. Can I submit an application in partnership with another organisation?
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. We would expect this organisation to be the one directly engaged in the day-to-day support of the chosen target group(s). If you would like to talk anything over just get in touch!
8. Can we submit more than one application?
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. If you are considering applying for more than one project, we would recommend calling us for a chat first.
9. Can we submit an application if we have already had a project funded under the Digital Participation Challenge or Charter Funds?
Yes, however, the activity which you are now asking to be funded must not be continuation funding of a previous project or overlap with any activity funded under Round 6 (and therefore still operational). If you have already received funding to support the embedding of digital skills within your organisation it must be made completely clear where this new application would bring a different direction to your operations or support new groups.
10. How will my application be assessed?
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 20th June 2019.
11.What type of projects are you looking to fund?
Evidence from previous rounds has highlighted that projects are more successful in supporting people to develop essential 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 expect 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, therefore demonstrating a high degree of long-term sustainability/impact.