Scotland’s interest in the collaborative economy is growing, particularly in areas such as peer-to-peer accommodation and car sharing which are bringing significant benefits to individuals, communities and businesses. However, to date, most collaborative platforms have been driven by for-profit business models. The Scottish Government believes that there is huge potential for the collaborative economy to contribute to the fairer, more socially responsible economy that we want for Scotland.
The Scottish Government is partnering with Nesta to help early stage projects develop collaborative digital platforms that contribute to Scotland’s sustainable energy and transport ambitions, in line with the vision for a low carbon energy future set out in Scotland’s Energy Strategy. We are looking for bold and ambitious projects that demonstrate how Scotland’s citizens can engage with new and innovative ways to meet energy and transport needs; or to sustainably share goods and services, community assets and resources to benefit vulnerable consumers.
Grants of £15,000 - £33,000 are available for selected projects. These projects will benefit from Nesta’s direct advice and support, particularly around idea development and project delivery. They will also benefit from being part of a Scottish peer group which will help shape how Scotland grows its collaborative economy.
There are three main themes: energy, transport and community resources.
Scotland’s Energy Strategy sets out a vision for a flourishing, competitive local and national energy sector which delivers secure, affordable, clean energy for Scotland's households, communities and businesses. Delivering this vision depends on working effectively and meaningfully with citizens across Scotland. Selected ideas will draw on the strengths, capacities, skills and ideas of energy consumers and producers to help shape Scotland’s future energy system. Successful ideas will show how all all consumers can benefit from the energy transition, including those who are less able to engage. Consumer engagement and protection is one of the six priorities of the strategy.You can read more about the strategy here.
Under this theme, we particularly invite ideas that:
The Scottish Government's overall purpose is to increase sustainable economic growth. A safe, efficient, effective and sustainable transport system is one of the key enablers. We want to continue to support improved connectivity for all of Scotland, particularly for those living or working in remote and rural areas or who otherwise rely on others to get around. We also want to seek opportunities to maximise the impact of the investments we are making, including in electric vehicles. For example we are looking for ideas including those that
Other proposals that can deliver benefits targeted specifically to vulnerable consumers and which support our aim for the collaborative economy to create a fairer, more equal Scotland will also be considered. To be selected, projects will have to show how they have built on past learning to demonstrate ways in which a digital collaborative platform would enhance resource and asset sharing for the most vulnerable in society. For example by:
As well as demonstrating how projects contribute to the focus areas above,, applicants will be assessed on how they meet the following selection criteria:
A panel of experts will review applications to determine which have the greatest potential to deliver our focus areas and desired outcomes, and provide the strongest evidence against the selection criteria.
We’ve provided some examples of the kind of change we’d like successful projects to make. The desired outcomes of the fund are detailed below. If you would like to check whether your project might be eligible please talk to us.
Desired outcomes for projects:
Desired outcomes for communities and individuals:
Insights and recommendations will be collated and published by the Scottish Government to inform future developments and understanding of the success factors for new platforms.
To be considered, submitted ideas must:
To be part of the fund we want to work with individuals and organisations who demonstrate they:
We are not able to support ideas that:
Phase 1 – Discovery : Find out more about ShareLab Scotland
We will be hosting a series of workshops and webinars about the fund over the summer of 2018. We strongly encourage potential applicants to attend a webinar or workshop as they are designed to be an open invitation to find out more about what we are looking for from applications and also an opportunity to connect with other like-minded organisations and potential collaborators.
Please note there will not be anymore briefing workshops scheduled now. For further information, please email us at [email protected].
Phase 2 – Proposals: Submit your idea
We invite you to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form by 11am on Thursday 23 August.
You can access a list of the questions we’re likely to ask as a draft document.
Phase 3 – Shortlisting : Invitations to development workshop
Based on the ideas submitted; Nesta will work with the Scottish Government to create a shortlist of ideas with greatest potential and will invite you to attend a workshop to develop them in September. Shortlisted applicants will meet with Nesta mentors and external advisors to review and work on the ideas together. The aim of this is to create connections between projects and support development of all the shortlisted ideas.
Phase 4 – Final proposals
Those with shortlisted ideas who have joined the workshop will then be invited to submit full applications and final decisions for funding will be made by Scottish Government and Nesta.