Funding is available to help book publishers in Scotland with the costs of digital orientated training and marketing.
There is a total sum of £8,000 in the Go-Digital Fund which is spread over two funding rounds on an annual basis. Applicants may apply for a maximum of £1,000.
The Fund is administered by Publishing Scotland, with funding from Creative Scotland. Publishing Scotland is the network for trade, training and development in Scotland. Creative Scotland supports the arts, screen and creative industries throughout Scotland, distributing funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.
The aim of the Go-Digital Fund is support book publishers based in Scotland to bring their books to a modern, digital audience. The Fund aims to help publishers in three specific areas: Accessing training or consultancy on digital matters; Attending digital events in the UK and overseas; and Marketing digital books and content.
Self-publishers are not eligible to receive funding.
Grants will not be provided for production costs, e.g. conversion, production of e-books.
Publishers which are substantially based in Scotland are eligible to apply for funding.
Priority will normally be given to publishers of fiction, children's books, poetry and selected non-fiction (usually of a cultural nature), however other types of publishers are welcome to apply.
Applications for new and innovative activity will be favoured by the judging panel.
Applications will be assessed on the basis of financial need and, as with all grants from Creative Scotland, the quality of the publishing programme is of importance.
This fund will assist publishers in the following three areas:
- To access training or consultancy of a digital nature.
- To attend digital events both in the UK and overseas.
- To market digital books and content.
Next deadline: Friday 4 August 2017.
As funds are normally awarded before the activity takes place, a cost breakdown with as much detail as possible about the proposed activity and the anticipated spend should be submitted alongside applications.
Evidence that the funded activity has been booked will also be required before funds are released.