Connecting Scotland - Round Two Applications now open

gratis-png-icono-de-ipad-cartoon-icon-design-tabletConnecting Scotland is a Scottish Government programme set up in response to coronavirus. It provides iPads, Chromebooks and support to develop digital skills for people who digitally excluded and on low incomes

As you may be aware, phase two of Connecting Scotland is focused on households with pre-school and school age children and young care leavers, and has been split into two rounds - with the awards for the first round complete and successful organisations advised of their allocations. The total number of devices awarded in round one within the Scottish Borders was 409 – 198 iPads, 211 Chromebooks and 397 MiFi's – helping to support 321 families, 63 care leavers and 25 other vulnerable people.

The application process for round two opened on 24 November 2020 and will close at 11am on 18 January 2021. Connect ScotlandOrganisations are encouraged to apply directly for round two via: https://connecting.scot/for-organisations. The number of devices allocated in this round is expected to be low - a minimum of 30, and may not be much more than that. It is therefore advised that organisations looking to apply consider the number of individuals they are able to identify and support.

The target groups are those who are digitally excluded and on low incomes, and:
• households with children, or where a child is normally resident (this includes pregnant women with no child in the household)
• care leavers up to the age of 26 (in line with eligibility for aftercare support)

The following technology and access to support will be provided:
• An appropriate internet enabled device (Chromebook or iPad) – gifted to the recipient
• Access to connectivity – a mobile hotspot and 24 months of unlimited data
• Paired with a 'digital champion' to develop their skills online – with a focus on online safety

Kit (devices and data) for round two will be delivered to organisations from March 2021 for distribution to recipients.

Scottish Borders Council is keen to work with key partners and other third sector organisations to provide a locally coordinated approach, in particular to the digital champion support offered to recipients. Please get in touch with Frances Eneide, Programme Manager – Digital Transformation by email here:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to discuss this.

Additional allocations for new target groups will form part of Phase 3, which will be confirmed at a later date, and is expected to be delivered by the end of 2021.