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A fund to support local authorities and social enterprises to deliver broadband projects locally.

First published:
6 October 2020
Last updated:

Local Broadband Fund overview

We have made £10 million available to support local authorities and social enterprises to deliver broadband projects locally. This is one part of our work to help make sure everyone has access to fast and reliable digital infrastructure.

Local authorities and social enterprises can deliver innovative broadband solutions to communities and parts of Wales which do not currently have access to 30Mbps broadband speeds with the fund.

Application process

Local authorities and/or social enterprises can apply directly for funding during one of our application windows. These will take place every six months until March 2023. We are encouraging local authorities and social enterprises to work together to identify communities and deliver creative connectivity solutions. However applications from individual organisations will also be accepted.

Activities that will be considered for funding include:

  • the delivery of fast, reliable broadband to those part of Wales currently without access
  • the creation of new broadband infrastructure including backhaul facilities
  • upgrading existing broadband infrastructure

The next application window will open in autumn 2020. An application form and guidance will be available. 

Once submitted, applications will be considered by our panel.

What to do if you are a resident or business

Check with your local authority to find out if they have plans for broadband roll-out in your area using our Local Broadband Fund. 

Some local authorities now have broadband engagement officers who can help you with your connectivity questions. The local authorities are:

If your local authority is not listed above, please contact them directly

If there are no local plans for your area there may be other options available to you for faster broadband. Visit our ‘What are my options’ page.

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