The Digital Transformation Flexible Fund (DTFF) is a grant scheme in Northern Ireland designed to boost digital innovation among small and micro businesses by overcoming financial barriers. It provides up to £7.5 million for investing in advanced digital technologies and capital equipment. This fund focuses on driving business transformation through innovation rather than simply digitizing existing operations. DTFF is funded by the City and Growth Deal Complementary Fund, DAERA, and the Derry and Strabane Growth Deal.
This cross Council partnership is made of the following members:
Key points about DTFF:
The program aims to drive digital transformation and inclusive growth across Northern Ireland by facilitating access to digital technologies and innovation for small and micro businesses.
Project Eligibility Criteria
The Digital Transformation Flexible Fund (DTFF) supports the purchase of capital equipment and resources for advanced digital technologies such as IoT, robotics, big data, AR/VR, AI, and blockchain. However, it does not fund the digitization of existing business systems, like website development, buying laptops, or ongoing software maintenance costs. For detailed information, please refer to the Applicant Guidance Section.
Project Ineligibility Expenditure
DTFF will not facilitate capital investment in the following which could be viewed more as ‘digitisation of existing operations’, rather than digital innovation/transformation:
This list is not exhaustive and the DTFF Operations Team have the discretion to omit costs if deemed ineligible and/or not within the scope of the project.
If you are unsure whether your project is eligible or ineligible, you can contact a member of the DTFF Operations Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find more information about applying here