Guidance

Digital Growth Grant

Application guidance on how to apply for the Digital Growth Grant.

Applications for the Digital Growth Grant have now closed.

Introduction

Early in 2022, the value of the UK’s tech sector passed $1 trillion. The UK is only the third country in the world to have a tech sector reach this valuation. The UK has created more unicorns than any other country in Europe. The government is committed to making the UK the best place to found and grow a tech business and securing the UK’s status as a global science and technology superpower.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is running the Digital Growth Grant competition and inviting bids to accelerate the growth of tech start-up and scale-up ecosystems across the regions and nations of the UK. The successful bidder will be awarded up to £12.09 million to be spent over two financial years 2023/24 and 2024/25.

Please see below for further detail on the grant objectives, eligibility and application process.

If you would like to find out more about this grant and how to engage with the Department as a bidder, register for one of our upcoming Q&A sessions or get in touch with us at dcmsdigitalgrowthgrant@dcms.gov.uk

Objectives

The objectives of the Digital Growth Grant will be based around:

  1. Deliver support services to the digital sector, particularly in transformative/emerging technologies. These services should address key challenges faced by a wide range of tech companies from the seed funding stage to series A/B, their first or second round of financing.

  2. Grow regional support networks for tech startups and scaleups. Activities should deliver concrete improvements in three of the areas that were identified in DCMS’ Regional Ecosystems report as crucial to the success of the digital economy. These are: investment, innovation and business growth. Support should be tailored to local needs and tech specialisms, and should be developed in partnership with local bodies and existing tech groups.

  3. Ensure founders and firms can access digital entrepreneurship and investment readiness training, with tailored advice to help develop their skills to start and grow a tech business.

  4. Clearly signpost startups and scaleups to existing initiatives in the private and the public sector across the UK that can help them access finance, talent and markets.

Timelines

Timelines are indicative only and subject to change.

  1. June 2022: Applications open.

  2. August 2022: Applications close.

  3. September 2022: Successful bidder notified.

  4. April 2023: Successful bidder to begin activities.

  5. April 2025: Funding end date.

Who can apply

This competition is open to applicants and consortia with funding available for activity taking place in the UK.

Applicants may take the form of sole legal entities or may wish to combine to form consortia, joint ventures (JVs), unincorporated associations or partnerships. Consortia will need to specify their lead applicant. Individual organisations are not permitted to apply as part of more than one consortium.

Applicant(s) must also be registered corporate entities and have a significant UK presence and deep knowledge of the UK tech sector.

Public sector organisations are not eligible to receive this funding.

Individual people are not eligible applicants.

How to apply

Step 1: Read the invitation to application document below:

Please note: this document was updated on 29 July 2022. Change notes are in Appendix B of the document.

Step 2: Read the grant funding agreement below:

Step 3: Complete the application form below:

Digital Growth Grant: Application form

This file is in an OpenDocument format

Step 4: Complete the finance form below:

Digital Growth Grant: Finance form

This file is in an OpenDocument format

Please note: this form was updated on 15 July 2022 to amend an error in cell calculations.

Please return your application and finance form to DCMSdigitalgrowthgrant@dcms.gov.uk by midday on 15 August 2022.

Guidance for potential bidders

Contact

Please contact dcmsdigitalgrowthgrant@dcms.gov.uk if you have any questions.

Published 11 April 2022
Last updated 10 August 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added document - Digital Growth Grant Competition: Clarification and further information.

  2. Updated invitation to application document.

  3. Updated invitation to application document.

  4. Updated finance form to amend an error in cell calculations.

  5. Added guidance section.

  6. Page update to reflect competition is now open.

  7. Added 'Guidance for potential bidders' section.

  8. First published.