As part of its commitment to make fibre broadband available throughout the UK, BT has made available a £2 million grants scheme for communities with a school.
The Community Fibre Partnerships programme is aimed at the final 5% of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans. Through the programme communities can apply for a match-funded grant of up to £20,000 toward the cost of their new fibre infrastructure, if that new infrastructure could also serve their local school. To access the grant scheme, communities need to register their interest in having a community fibre partnership. The scheme will provide 50% towards the cost of installing fibre broadband. The community will need to raise the additional 50%. In order to achieve this BT has teamed up with the Crowdfunding website “Spacehive”, where communities can post their fibre broadband project to raise donations towards the costs involved.
Applications can be made at any time until the £2 million has been allocated.