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DigiTay: Funding Opportunities

Digital Skills Third Sector Challenge Fund 

The Digital Skills Project is inviting proposals to help support individuals access digital skills training and support businesses to address their skills needs.  

Applications close Sunday 17th March 2024. The application pack can be downloaded here.

The Digital Skills Third Sector Challenge Fund is for new and innovative pilot programmes, activities, or initiatives to address the digital skills gap in the Tay Cities Region. Funding is available for third sector organisations from £5,000 up to the value of £45,000 to deliver digital skills training taking place between April 2024 – September 2025.  

Requirements of the Challenge Fund 

  • Partnership projects between third sector, public sector, education, training providers and businesses are welcomed; however, the lead applicant must be a third sector organisation or social enterprise. 
  • Participants engaging in the project must live or work in the Tay Cities Region (Angus, Dundee, North East Fife and Perth & Kinross) and aged 16 +.  
  • Activity must focus on advanced, intermediate, and professional digital skills. Basic digital skills such as browsing the internet, using email, accessing online training, or setting up online accounts such as online banking will not be considered. Please see guidance on skill level in the table below.  
  • Activity must focus on digital skills required for the workplace and the need for these skills must be evidenced.  
  • Activities should be piloted for a maximum of 6 months and are to be delivered between April 2024 – September 2025.   
  • Funding should not be used to replace or supplement existing funded programmes.   

We are particularly interested in responses that   

  • Address the underrepresentation of women, people with disabilities (including neurodiversity) and people from BME communities across the digital economy.  
  • Target individuals from remote and rural areas.   
  • Target individuals from low SMID areas. 
  • Target existing workers to upskill or reskill in digital areas. 
  • Demonstrate partnership working between third sector organisations, education or training providers and local employers to meet a specific skills gaps or training need.  

Skills level 

Skills Level   Example of skills 
Basic  Accessing a computer, email, navigating the web, using word documents.  
Intermediate  Adopting and using digital tools such as e-commerce platforms, CRM systems, understanding the value of data. 
Advanced   Digital Marketing, website management, ability to use data visualisation tools etc.  
Professional   Software development, cyber security, data analytics, cloud security 



The Digital Skills Challenge Fund was launched on 12th February 2024, with a 5-week period to develop and submit applications. Following an initial eligibility check on proposals, an Assessment Panel will meet week beginning 25th March 2024 to assess and recommend projects to be funded. Projects will be notified of the decisions in April 2024. 


Date  Action 
12th Feb 2024  Applications open
17th March 2024  Deadline for submission of applications 
Week beginning 25th March 2023  Assessment panel meeting 
April 2024   Applicants notified of outcome 

Applications close Sunday 17th March 2024. The application pack can be downloaded here.

Dundee City Council’s UKSPF

Dundee’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the Tay Cities Deal Digital Skills programme, DigiTay, are both launching challenge funds with a focus on intermediate and higher-level digital skills on 12th  of February. The Dundee UKSPF team and the DigiTay team are working together to ensure we can deliver a quality programme of digital skills across the region to make sure public money is spent efficiently and effectively.

There main differences between the funds are:

  • The Dundee UK Shared Prosperity Fund programme has grants of between £10,000 and £100,000, with programme delivery to be completed by March 2025. Eligible applicants include any legally constituted organisations with experience of delivering higher level digital skills. Clients must come from within Dundee.
  • The DigiTay, Digital Skills Third Sector Challenge Fund will provide grants of between £5,000 and £45,000, with programme delivery to be completed by September 2025. Lead applicants must be third sector organisations. Clients can come from across the Tay Cities Region – Angus, Dundee, North East Fife and Perth and Kinross.

As a result, by submitting a bid to either programme, you agree to basic information about your application being shared with the assessment panels to ensure no duplication of activity etc. The information to be shared is:

  • Applicant organisation
  • Brief project description
  • Number of clients
  • Specific client characteristics e.g. SME upskilling, women returners
  • Cost
  • Qualifications (if any) proposed
  • Timescales

For more information on Dundee City Council’s UKSPF can be found here.