£1million Community Match Funding Scheme
Hampshire County Council is launching a Match Funding scheme to help communities that are considering a self-funding route to get superfast broadband.
This innovative £1million scheme is designed to offer support to communities in the last 2.6% of properties in Hampshire that are not currently expected to be covered by the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme.
The County Council will provide up to half of the funding to match money raised by communities in order to install and maintain a superfast broadband connection in their area.
To find out if you are eligible, how to apply, and for more information please look at our guide:
Who can apply?
Communities within the Hampshire Intervention Area that contain postcodes that will not be covered, or will only be partially covered, by the Hampshire Superfast Broadband programme can apply to join the scheme.
Please note that participation in the scheme and the availability of match funding are not guaranteed.
Postcodes covered by commercial investment (primarily BT and Virgin) are not eligible for the scheme.
Communities must first register with the council. They will then receive an email asking them to provide a list of postcodes, premises and phone numbers that they wish to include in their scheme. Communities will also be asked to demonstrate the level of support for the scheme and their ability to raise their portion of the necessary funding for the proposed upgrade. Applications will be assessed individually and will be subject to a prioritisation process. This includes assessing eligibility, feasibility and affordability.
How much funding?
Applications accepted into the scheme will benefit from County Council funding up to 50% of the total cost (ex VAT) with a ceiling of £1,650 per superfast premise passed. Examples are shown below:
- £25,000 for 50 premises = £500 per premises. The County Council will commit match
funding of £250 per premises, requiring the community to add £250 per premises.
- £25,000 for 5 premises = £5,000 per premises. The County Council will commit match funding of £1,650 per premises, requiring the community to add £3,350 per premises
If necessary, communities will be responsible for their own VAT contribution.
The match funding scheme is designed to extend coverage within the existing programme. Delivery timescales for match funded solutions will be dependent on integration with the existing programme timetable. Installing the broadband infrastructure will typically take around 12 months after contract signature.
The scheme aims to support proposals that serve additional premises and new areas in the final 2.6%; it will not be used to accelerate delivery timescales for communities already planned within the delivery programme.
Please provide your full details via the registration form below, we will email you back with more information and a spreadsheet for you to complete.
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.