Why a grant?
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. That's why BT Group has invested more than £3bn in rolling out fibre across the UK, as well as developing affordable and accessible broadband propositions for those that need it most.
It's also why we've made a long term commitment to build a culture of tech literacy for the UK – starting with the next generation.
Young people need the right skills to make that a reality – and that starts with the right internet access. That's why we have 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 final 5% of 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 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 up until 30th September 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.
If you represent a primary school you may also be interested to receive free teaching resources and workshop support from Barefoot. Barefoot is a government endorsed organisation who we partner with to help support primary educators with the confidence, knowledge, skills and resources to teach computer science.