Funding to get ultrafast broadband for your business and community
Your community can get £3,000 funding toward ultrafast broadband through the Government's new Gigabit Voucher Scheme that's been set up to provide grants for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). The scheme provides vouchers to support the capital costs of getting new gigabit capable connections for businesses, or £500 to residents, to help with the costs of connecting to full fibre broadband.
You can use these grants towards the cost of extending Openreach’s full fibre network (FTTP) to your address – that means you will be able to order the highest speed connections from the broadest range of suppliers.
You can combine vouchers toward the cost of an FTTP solution delivered to communities with multiple SMEs, for example, business parks, or with a number of small businesses (and residences).
Our FTTP network uses the latest technology and is already the UK's largest, so join us to get maximum choice and value for your business. Hundreds of businesses like yours have already benefited from faster connections brought to them through partnering with us. They know that a faster internet connection means you can do more and sell more.
If you're a business, please complete this form.
How the scheme works
Payments of vouchers for each SME - and resident - under the scheme will be made by DCMS directly to us, as a registered supplier, once they have confirmed that new connections have been delivered. So for an FTTP solution with Openreach, that’s at the point the new infrastructure’s live and ready to take orders.
We'll take care of all that for you.
The table below shows example funding scenarios for a full fibre network for communities who partner with us.
|Community's cost to get full fibre with Openreach||Total amount of vouchers claimed||Amount of first payment to Openreach||Account of second (final) payment to Openreach|
|£20,000||£9,000||£10,000 paid via a legal entity||£1,000 paid via a legal entity|
£9,000 vouchers redeemed with DCMS by Openreach*
|£20,000||£15,000||£5,000 paid via a legal entity||£15,000 vouchers redeemed with DCMS by Openreach*|
|£20,000||£21,000||£0||£20,000 vouchers redeemed with DCMS by Openreach*|
*After ensuring the SME - and any residents - conforms to the eligibility criteria and has ordered an eligible product
You'll find more information about this scheme on the Government's website