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Title: Digital Xtra Fund - Competitive Grant
Reference No: MAY244554
OCID: ocds-r6ebe6-0000446117
Published by: The Skills Development Scotland Co. Limited
Publication Date: 17/05/2016
Deadline Date: 17/06/2016
Deadline Time: 12:00
Notice Type: Contract Notice
Has Documents: Yes
Has ESPD: No
Abstract: The Scottish Government strategy sets out an ambitious plan to make Scotland a world class digital nation by 2020. Skills development will be an integral component in helping young people prepare for the digital future.
At a time when the Scottish digital technologies sector is forecast to grow and there is increasing demand for staff with high level digital technology skills, there is clear evidence that the talent pipeline in Scotland needs to expand to meet this demand. More young people should be encouraged to study computing science related subjects at school, college and university and redressing this balance is crucial to ensure the competitiveness of Scottish companies both within the digital technology sector and beyond.
Broadening the talent pipeline and addressing these longer term challenges will require co-ordinated action across a number of areas. One such area is the stimulation of interest in the sector through the provision of high quality, relevant extracurricular activities that support young people in developing computer science and digital technology skills and careers awareness.
The Digital Xtra Fund has been developed and funded by the Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership whose partners include Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Island Enterprise, Scottish Funding Council, Education Scotland, ScotlandIS and ICT Sector industry representatives.
Grants are available to support enterprising organisations that will ensure the provision of extracurricular computing science related activities are extended and made available more consistently across Scotland.
The fund will support objectives of the ICT/Digital Technologies Skills Investment Plan:
- Increase participation by young people in extracurricular computer
science related initiatives
- Broaden the future talent pipeline for computing science and
digital technology skills
- Deliver activities that enrich and enhance those which are
currently offered through formal education routes
- Expand the reach of extracurricular computing science related
activities across Scotland
- Encourage greater female participation in computing science
- Encourage greater links between Industry and young people
- Raise the attractiveness of the digital technology sector

CONTRACT NOTICE – NATIONAL

SERVICES

1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address


The Skills Development Scotland Co. Limited

Procurement, 29 Causeyside Street, Paisley,

Paisley

PA1 1UL

UK

Brian Murphy

+44 03000133092


www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk
www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained

As in 1.1

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:

As in 1.1

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

Digital Xtra Fund - Competitive Grant

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

The Scottish Government strategy sets out an ambitious plan to make Scotland a world class digital nation by 2020. Skills development will be an integral component in helping young people prepare for the digital future.

At a time when the Scottish digital technologies sector is forecast to grow and there is increasing demand for staff with high level digital technology skills, there is clear evidence that the talent pipeline in Scotland needs to expand to meet this demand. More young people should be encouraged to study computing science related subjects at school, college and university and redressing this balance is crucial to ensure the competitiveness of Scottish companies both within the digital technology sector and beyond.

Broadening the talent pipeline and addressing these longer term challenges will require co-ordinated action across a number of areas. One such area is the stimulation of interest in the sector through the provision of high quality, relevant extracurricular activities that support young people in developing computer science and digital technology skills and careers awareness.

The Digital Xtra Fund has been developed and funded by the Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership whose partners include Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Island Enterprise, Scottish Funding Council, Education Scotland, ScotlandIS and ICT Sector industry representatives.

Grants are available to support enterprising organisations that will ensure the provision of extracurricular computing science related activities are extended and made available more consistently across Scotland.

The fund will support objectives of the ICT/Digital Technologies Skills Investment Plan:

- Increase participation by young people in extracurricular computer

science related initiatives

- Broaden the future talent pipeline for computing science and

digital technology skills

- Deliver activities that enrich and enhance those which are

currently offered through formal education routes

- Expand the reach of extracurricular computing science related

activities across Scotland

- Encourage greater female participation in computing science

- Encourage greater links between Industry and young people

- Raise the attractiveness of the digital technology sector

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=446117.

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Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

171011 Services - Children
179999 other Education
271500 Services - Information Communication Technology
279999 other Information Communication Technology
100 All Scotland
120 Highlands and Islands
130 Aberdeen & North-East
140 Tayside, Central & Fife
150 Glasgow & Strathclyde
160 Edinburgh & Lothians
170 Scotland South

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

A total of £250,000 grant funding is available from June 2016 for projects that will be completed by 31st March 2017.

Eligible organisations can bid for grants from £500 to a maximum £50,000 per project.

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

As detailed in attached Competitive Grant Instructions / and Grant Application Form documents attached to this notice.

4 Administrative Information

4.1

Type of Procedure

Single stage - Any candidate may submit a tender.

4.2

Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority

G16-002

4.3

Time Limits

Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
    17-06-2016  Time  12:00

Estimated award date
 29-06-2016

4.5

Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up

EN 

4.6

Tender Submission Postbox

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx

5 Other Information

5.1

Additional Information

All Grant Application Forms must be submitted via the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) Electronic Tender Post Box. Any application forms not submitted via the post box will not be considered. Any queries relating to the Digital Xtra Fund must be raised via the 'Question & Answer' function of the PCS website.

(SC Ref:446117)

5.2

Additional Documentation

G16-002 - Digital Xtra Fund - Competitive Grant Instruction to Bidders
G16-002 - Digital Xtra Fund Grant Application Form

5.3

Publication date of this notice

 17-05-2016

Information added to the notice since publication.

Additional information added to the notice since it's publication.
DateDetails
08/06/2016 10:14Question and Answers deadline change

The deadline for submission of questions through the online Q&A function has been changed as below.
Old question submission deadline: 07/06/2016 12:00
New question submission deadline: 10/06/2016 17:00
Please ensure that you have submitted all questions before the new date.
13/06/2016 12:55Clarification

It has came to SDS' attention that the answer provided to the last question may not have been clear. To clarify, In order to receive funding from Digital Xtra, organisations must be a legal entity. In principal applications can include schools if they meet this criteria. Where an organisation does not meet this criteria they may choose to apply in partnership with another organisation who holds this status. Kind regards, Procurement Team, SDS.
01/07/2016 11:00Contract Awards

SDS have received circa 100 Grant Applications. Whilst this is excellent in terms of the number of providers we have reached, who have innovative projects they would like funding for; it also, inevitably, is having a knock on effect on timescales. We would ask providers to bear with us. We hope to be in a position to let each applicant know the outcome for their application by week commencing 18th July at the very latest. Kind regards, Procurement team, SDS.
04/07/2016 11:24Call Centre

Good morning. Can I please draw your attention to the previous note we added regarding the delay in evaluating the Grant Application responses. Due to the high numbers involved we will not be in a position to inform Applicants of the outcome of their bids until week commencing 18th July. Our Contact Centre have been receiving a number of calls looking for updates on Applications. Can I please ask for your patience, we will be in touch with each provider who submitted an application as soon as we can. Kind regards, Procurement Team, SDS.
26/07/2016 15:53Evaluation Delay

Quite understandably, we have started receiving enquiries again from providers regarding their Fund Applications. Once again, SDS thanks you for your patience, and we will be in touch with each provider who submitted an application just as soon as we possibly can. Kind regards, Procurement Team, SDS.
Main Contact: N/a
Admin Contact: N/a
Technical Contact: N/a
Other Contact: N/a

Commodity Categories

Commodity Categories
IDTitleParent Category
179999other EducationEducation
279999other Information Communication TechnologyInformation Communication Technology
171011Services - ChildrenEducation
271500Services - Information Communication TechnologyInformation Communication Technology

Delivery Locations

Delivery Locations
IDDescription
130Aberdeen & North-East
100All Scotland
160Edinburgh & Lothians
150Glasgow & Strathclyde
120Highlands and Islands
170Scotland South
140Tayside, Central & Fife

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17/05/2016 G16-002 - Digital Xtra Fund Grant Application Form G16-002 - Digital Xtra Fund - Grant Application Form78.84 KB1

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