Highlands & Islands

Fund to support youth computing projects in Scotland

Computer club Image copyright Digital Xtra
Image caption Among the aims of the fund is supporting extracurricular computing clubs

A new fund has been set up to award grants to projects that encourage children and teenagers to code, develop websites and create digital animations.

Skills Development Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, ScotlandIS and Education Scotland are backing the £250,000 fund called Digital Xtra.

Among the aims of the scheme is to support extracurricular computing clubs for youngsters aged 16 and under.

A panel will evaluate submissions for funding.

Representatives from technology businesses, Scottish government and education will be on the panel.