Voucher Schemes

There are several funding schemes running that can contribute towards the costs of setting up Broadband for your home or business.

Project Gigabit

On 19th March 2021 Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), part of the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport, announced the launch of Project Gigabit. This is a nationwide programme aiming to bring gigabit capable connections to more than a million hard to reach homes and businesses. Phase 1 locations have already been announced. West Yorkshire is in Phase 2 and the scheduled rolled out is likely to commence in the latter part of 2022 and the project will run for four years.

 

Gigabit Vouchers

Currently residents can apply for Gigabit Vouchers to provide the coverage they need. After the success of previous schemes, another national programme worth £210m was launched on 8th April 2021. This means that rural communities can benefit from funding assistance in areas where there are no commercial roll-out plans. Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses will help to cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband to eligible premises. These vouchers can be combined so residents/businesses can group together and combine their vouchers towards the shared cost of installation. This decreases the expense for each individual but it should be noted that vouchers alone may not be enough to cover the full amount of work required.

More information can be found here - Gigabit Vouchers (culture.gov.uk).

 

Wakefield Gigabit Voucher Scheme 

Wakefield Council have worked with the Combined Authority to offer enhanced vouchers. These give more financial aid in comparison to those offered under the National scheme. Under the Wakefield scheme the maximum funding available per residence is £2500 and per business is £7,000. The scheme is part of the ‘Getting Building Fund’, which is being supported by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

More info can be found here - Gigabit broadband voucher scheme - Wakefield Council

 

Community Fibre Programmes

Other possible routes to explore are Community Fibre Programmes. Suppliers would put a joint funding arrangement in place, which means they will contribute to some of the costs and the community then funds the remainder. Residents may even be able to carry out some of the non-technical work themselves, such as digging the channels for the ducts, in order to reduce costs further.  Note that Community Fibre Programmes are listed here for consideration and are not affiliated with the work being done by the SFWY&Y programme.