This sections contains information on Digital Towns, including the Digital Towns Pilot Programme and Digital Towns Guidance. 

Digital Towns Pilot Programme: Call for Applications 

Scotland’s Towns Partnership is seeking applications from Towns, City Neighbourhoods, Business Improvement Districts and other town stakeholder organisations to participate in the national Digital Towns Pilot Programme, which is being supported by Scottish Government.

This is a competitive process in which successful applicants will be awarded a combination of potential grant funding as well as access to a free and impartial “industry expert advisor” to encourage local strategic partnerships and to offer best practice advice around digital skills, participation, design, procurement and sustainability.

The pilot programme is intended to encourage new strategic collaborations, improve digital participation and skills, and create scalable best practice models for digital deployment in Scotland’s towns/town centres and city neighbourhoods.

If your application is successful, an appointed advisor will provide consultancy and advice for your digital strategy, for example around skills, participation, design, procurement and sustainability. Each advisor will be available for a determined number of consultancy days as part of the award. Available awards are:

  • 5 consultancy days from an expert industry advisor and £5,000 funding support.
  • 3 consultancy days from an expert industry advisor.

Applications which are not successful will also be guided to sources of support and advice for their strategy. 


Application Process

To apply for this programme, please provide information to the questions in the application form regarding the role of Digital in the strategy for your town, city neighbourhood or Business Improvement District, and the specific help, advice or support you require. Scotland’s Towns Partnership will review applications based on need and alignment with the strategic approach set out in Scotland’s Towns Digital Guidance (p7).

Download application form

Applications are due by 5pm, Thursday 31st August 2017.

Please return your application to:

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Scotland’s Towns Partnership.


Digital Towns Guidance 

Published in March 2017, this guidance document from Scotland's Towns Partnership aims to help improve the digital infrastructure, skills, strategic implementation and understanding of Digital in the context of Scotland’s Towns and Town Centres. 

The guidance builds upon the themes within the Town Centre Action Plan and the approach promoted within the  Public Wireless Programme. It aims to provide best practice, forward-thinking and guidance to stimulate a new approach towards Digital implementation which could make a step change to the future prosperity and functionality of our towns. The document can be downloaded below. 

Scotland's Towns Partnership Digital Towns Guidance


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