The Digital Innovation Programme is designed to encourage local authority led projects that support digital development.
The programme funds Local Authority-led innovation projects that provide a public benefit and support regional digital development
These projects promote, support, or otherwise advance at least one of the seven pillars of digital maturity:
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Digital Economy & Employment
Community & Culture
Projects provide innovative digital solutions to issues, or identify solutions to digital issues. They are scalable and replicable by other local authorities.
There are two main application streams this year:
Projects under innovation include trialing of new technologies or innovative uses of existing technologies.
The maximum award under this stream is €75,000
These projects will scale-up an already proven technology or initiative. For example, a project that has only been trialled at a municipal level in Ireland could be scaled-up to county level, or county level to national level.
Alternatively, a project that sought to benefit a particular cohort within society or address a specific challenge could be broadened to include additional cohorts / challenges.