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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

Apply for funding during an application window. These take place every 6 months until March 2023.

Local authorities and social enterprises are encouraged to work together to:

  • identify communities
  • deliver creative connectivity solutions

Applications from individual organisations will also be accepted.

Funding is available to:

  • deliver fast, reliable broadband in areas of Wales currently without access
  • create new broadband infrastructure including backhaul facilities
  • upgrade existing broadband infrastructure

Applications for the Local Broadband Fund closed in January. You can apply for the fund in spring. 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.