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Broadband Competition for Event Venues

DCMS has launched a new £250 000 scheme to improve broadband connectivity in event venues, enabling them to receive full fibre access. The UK Government is aware that one of the key factors in choosing a destination for hosting events is the quality of infrastructure, with digital connectivity playing a key role. This competition targets venues with conference facilities that traditionally bid for – or plan to bid for – events which attract international delegates. For the purpose of this competition, an ‘international event’ is one where at least 30% of the total delegates/visitors attending in person are international (non-UK) visitors.

We will fund a number of projects with a combined total of £250,000. Exact costs will vary between locations, however the average value per project will be approximately £30,000.

The upgraded connectivity will be in the form of new Gigabit capable infrastructure, which will support new services so that venues will be able to support additional services, for example increased wifi capacity, more interactive content and live streaming.

Eligibility criteria:

  • event venue must be in the United Kingdom
  • event venue must have a capacity of 400+ delegates *event venue must have bid for at least one international event in the past year, where at least 30% of the total delegates/visitors attending in person were international (non-UK) visitors
  • if the venue has not bid for at least one international event in the past year where at least 30% of the total delegates/visitors attending in person were international (non-UK) visitors, but can demonstrate plans to do so in the next year, they may apply
  • applicants must confirm that they will cover any shortfall if the final cost differs from the supplier quote that they will provide
  • applicants must have the capacity to, and can confirm preparedness to, stimulate demand locally for the LFFN Gigabit Voucher Scheme
  • the event venue must not have received over €200 000 in De minimis State aid over three fiscal years, following the De minimis Regulation
  • DCMS will not connect buildings that already have access to commercial fibre to the premise i.e where the venue can contact a supplier to make the final connection

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Location: UK

Value: up to £30,000

Deadline: 27 September 2019

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Broadband Competition for Event Venues - FCS Associates

Broadband Competition for Event Venues

DCMS has launched a new £250 000 scheme to improve broadband connectivity in event venues, enabling them to receive full fibre access. The UK Government is aware that one of the key factors in choosing a destination for hosting events is the quality of infrastructure, with digital connectivity playing a key role. This competition targets venues with conference facilities that traditionally bid for – or plan to bid for – events which attract international delegates. For the purpose of this competition, an ‘international event’ is one where at least 30% of the total delegates/visitors attending in person are international (non-UK) visitors.

We will fund a number of projects with a combined total of £250,000. Exact costs will vary between locations, however the average value per project will be approximately £30,000.

The upgraded connectivity will be in the form of new Gigabit capable infrastructure, which will support new services so that venues will be able to support additional services, for example increased wifi capacity, more interactive content and live streaming.

Eligibility criteria:

  • event venue must be in the United Kingdom
  • event venue must have a capacity of 400+ delegates *event venue must have bid for at least one international event in the past year, where at least 30% of the total delegates/visitors attending in person were international (non-UK) visitors
  • if the venue has not bid for at least one international event in the past year where at least 30% of the total delegates/visitors attending in person were international (non-UK) visitors, but can demonstrate plans to do so in the next year, they may apply
  • applicants must confirm that they will cover any shortfall if the final cost differs from the supplier quote that they will provide
  • applicants must have the capacity to, and can confirm preparedness to, stimulate demand locally for the LFFN Gigabit Voucher Scheme
  • the event venue must not have received over €200 000 in De minimis State aid over three fiscal years, following the De minimis Regulation
  • DCMS will not connect buildings that already have access to commercial fibre to the premise i.e where the venue can contact a supplier to make the final connection

Click here to find out more.  

Location: UK

Value: up to £30,000

Deadline: 27 September 2019

Our success rate

Need help applying for this grant?

Yes, Please help me write a winning applicationNo, just keep me up-to-date with the latest grants