Grants and funding

Available grants and funding

There's a fair chance you might be able to get a grant to help your community pay for its part of the costs. For example, some communities have used grants from the Government, wind farms and Calor Gas.  Here’s some information on the most widely used schemes.

Broadband for Rural Communities

Rural premises may be eligible for additional funding through the Government’s Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme. 

Business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK are eligible for additional funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project.

These vouchers can be put toward your part of the costs of your Community Fibre Partnership. So if you have a few property owners who are interested, they could all apply for vouchers to put towards the cost. 

Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 30Mbps can use vouchers worth up to £3,500 for each small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), and up to £1,500 per residential premise to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections. 

Funding scenarios for Full Fibre networks

Fibre with Openreach

Total amount of vouchers claimed

Amount of first payment to Openreach

Amount of second (final) payment to Openreach

£20,000

£7,500

£10,000 paid via the legal entity

£2,500 paid via the legal entity

£7,500 vouchers redeemed with DCMS by Openreach*

£20,000

£15,000

£5,000 paid via the legal entity

£15,000 vouchers redeemed with DCMS by Openreach*

£20,000

£20,000

£0

£20,000 vouchers redeemed with DCMS by Openreach*

Want to know more?

There’s more information on the Government’s Gigabit website.

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Rural residents and businesses in Wales with broadband speeds of less than 30 Mbps available may be eligible for additional funding from the Welsh Government towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project.

The Welsh Government will pay up to an additional £1,500 per resident and £3,500 per small to medium-sized business (SME) in order to help connect harder-to-reach rural properties in Wales. There are also other broadband schemes available from the Welsh Government

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