Technology is shaping the modern world, from creating more engaged citizens through to driving global growth and finding solutions to some of society's biggest challenges so to help build a culture of tech literacy for the UK starts with the next generation. And that starts with the right internet access so BT Group has dedicated £2m to award as grants to communities with an eligible school to enable super-fast access in the classroom as well as at home and in the community.
We're enabling communities in the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans to apply for a grant to cover three quarters of the cost of the new fibre infrastructure, up to £30,000, if that new infrastructure serves the local school and is delivered by Openreach. So, for example, if the cost for a so called 'gap-funded' solution that serves a school has been quoted as £40,000, the community would pay £10,000 and £30,000 would be funded from the grant.
- Eligibility: the grant is available to UK communities where their Openreach proposal for a new co-funded fibre infrastructure serves a school that doesn't have access to superfast fibre broadband (typically <24Mbps)
- Level of award: up to £30,000 (an increase from 1st July 2017 from what was previously up to £20,000 match-funded.)
- Level of award: the grant will cover three quarters of the cost of the new fibre infrastructure, up to £30,000. So for example, if the cost for a gap funded solution that serves a school has been quoted as £40,000, the community would pay £10,000 and £30,000 would be funded from the grant.
- Period of award: Grants are made subject to a contract being signed within three months of the date of the offer letter.
- Running time: The grant is open for applications from 28 June 2016 to the point that the £2m fund has been exhausted. Grants are conditional on the community raising all of their required funding for their fibre solution.
- Grants will be made on a 'first come, first served' basis until the funding is exhausted.