Step-by-step guide to applying

  1. The step-by-step guide below explains how to find out if you're eligible for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme, and how the application process works:
  2. Check your eligibility by using the postcode check on the government's Gigabit Voucher Scheme. A list of suppliers that are active in your area will be shown.
  3. You will need to apply as a group. Join up with other nearby residents (at least you and one other neighbour) and nominate a community lead.
  4. Contact your chosen supplier who will provide you with a quote, make the application for the vouchers on your behalf and guide you through the process.
  5. Once your application has been received the Gigabit Voucher Scheme team will email you to make sure you want to go ahead. If your project costs more than £1,500 per property (up to £3,500 for a small to medium business) you will have to pay the remaining money if you wish to continue.
  6. Your supplier starts building your community's new broadband network.
  7. Choose an internet service provider once the network has been built, and purchase a superfast broadband package to get connected and validate your voucher.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be in a rural area (as classified by DeFRA)
  • Only group projects are allowed (a group being 2 or more residents).
  • Applicants must have current internet speeds below 100Mbps and not currently be gigabit capable

Funding available

  • Up to £1,500 is available per residential premises & £3,500 for small to medium business. Full details can be found here.
  • The voucher is to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections only
  • You must commit to a 12-month contract with your supplier for downloads speeds of at least 30 Mbps through a gigabit-capable connection to get the funding

Why gigabit?

Gigabit-capable networks are future proof. They can deliver the connection speeds we need - not only today but far into the future. Getting ready for a gigabit speed with full fibre connections will support increasing demand for:

  • Multiple internet connected devices
  • Cloud storage
  • Film, TV and music streaming
  • Video calls
  • Remote and flexible working