The Welsh government’s broadband improvement project offers up to £1000 to help individuals, businesses and communities in Wales to purchase alternative broadband solutions to help improve the level of broadband service they receive.
The Broadband Support Scheme is aimed at those individuals, businesses and 3rd sector Organisations in rural communities that do not have access to basic broadband. The scheme will provide funding to cover the upfront costs of purchasing a broadband solution where existing providers have been unable to provide a service.
Is it for me?
If you live or work in a broadband *not spot or **slow spot, have not previously received public funding for broadband and provided that you meet the eligibility criteria, then you can apply for funding under the scheme.
*Not Spot: If you don’t already have broadband or you consistently get a download speed of less than 512Kbps you are in a broadband not spot.
** Slow spot Any premises in Wales which can only receive a broadband connection with a consistent download speed of less than 2 Mbps is considered to be a slow spot.
You can also check for broadband availability for your area on the following website: www.dslchecker.bt.com/adsl
For further in details on eligibility please visit the Welsh Government website and download a copy of their Eligibility Criteria & Scheme Conditions PDF at: www.wales.gov.uk/broadband
What does it involve?
If you fulfill the criteria outlined then you may be able to apply for a grant of up to £1000 to cover any costs for the following solutions:
- A broadband satellite connection installed for your home or business
- A community purchasing a ‘larger scale’ satellite connection which is distributed around the village by a small wireless network
- A wireless network being delivered by a service provider across a community
- A community purchasing a next generation broadband service such as Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)
- The scheme will allow individuals and businesses like yourself to discuss options with a range of service providers to provide a solution that works best for your needs.
How to Apply
Follow the steps below to get an application pack for the Broadband Support Scheme:
Step 1 Register that you live or work in a slowspot by calling the Welsh Government number on 029 2082 6652 or by visiting their website at www.wales.gov.uk/broadband
Step 2 you will be sent an application pack or you will be able to download it from the website at www.wales.gov.uk/broadband
Step 3 Read the eligibility conditions to check you meet our criteria, if you do, then contact your chosen service providers for quotations and complete the application pack.
Step 4 Return the completed application for review– the Welsh Government will then let you know if you’ve been awarded funding under the scheme