£1million Community Match Funding Scheme closed for new applications

Hampshire County Council is now working with communities from across the region to progress all the enquiries received since the scheme opened

 

We are delighted to say that we have had an extremely positive response to the Community Match Funding Scheme and are now working to progress all the enquiries we’ve received.

The scheme was designed to offer support to communities in the last 2.6% of properties in the region that weren’t going to be covered by the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme. It allowed residents to apply for up to 50% funding from the Council to pay for a superfast broadband connection to be installed and maintained.

There is more information about the scheme in our guide below:

Community match funding guide

Given the fact there is limited funding and that we need to allow for schemes to be delivered within our contracted timeframes, we have now closed for new enquiries.

However, there may be other options available to you and we’re constantly working to bring superfast broadband to as many people in Hampshire as possible.

Other funding options

Firstly, check if you will be covered by the Superfast Broadband Programme, which is rolling out superfast broadband access across the county. Simply enter your postcode into the box at the bottom of this page.

If you are in the small percentage that aren’t in the Superfast Broadband Programme rollout area, there are other schemes that can help:

The Better Basic Broadband Scheme offers residents with broadband connections of less than 2Mbps the opportunity to apply for a subsidy towards the installation of a better broadband service.

A new Gigabit Voucher Scheme enables businesses to claim up to £3,000 against the cost of a gigabit connection (with speeds of 1 gigabit/1,000 megabits), with surrounding residents able to claim for a voucher worth up to £500 (as part of a group application that must include at least one business.)

We can also help you decide if self-funding is a viable option and set up meetings to investigate solutions such as the Openreach community fibre partnership.

We are also working to explore future sources of funding that could help communities.

State Aid

Public sector funding for infrastructure owned by the private sector is regulated under strict state aid rules. At the moment this means that public money can only be spent with companies that already have a contract with a public sector body to deliver superfast services via a contract which clearly identifies that additional funding may be committed through that contract.

Hampshire County Council made provision for the funding of a community match scheme within its contract with BT Group. The match funding scheme has been developed with support from BT and will operate within the overall framework of this contract and it is only possible to provide match-funding against a BT/Openreach solution.  Other suppliers of broadband infrastructure are not currently able to take part in the scheme, but this position remains under review.

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