The Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme is an extension of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. This scheme aims to help home and businesses in the hardest-to-reach areas gain access to installing a full fibre connection to their premises when part of a group project

Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 30Mbps can use vouchers worth up to £3,500 for each small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), and up to £1,500 per residential premise to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections. To find out more about the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme, visit  gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/rural/

Group projects are when two or more residents and/or SMEs get together to combine their vouchers towards the shared cost of installation. Single connections are not eligible for additional funding.Government guidance for community groups can be found here.

You can check whether you are eligible for our Rural Gigabit Voucher by looking up your postcode in the Gigabit Voucher postcode search. The postcode checker will display a line underneath your postcode to inform you whether you meet the rurality criteria for a Rural Gigabit Voucher and list active suppliers in your area.

As this is a new scheme, we would be interested to hear from groups planning to apply. If you have any queries regarding this scheme please contact us at contact@connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the differences between the Gigabit Voucher Scheme and the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme?

    Below is a table detailing the differences between the Gigabit Voucher Scheme and the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme.

  • How do I find out if I am eligible for the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme

    Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 30Mbps can use vouchers worth up to £3,500 for each small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), and up to £1,500 per residential premise to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections.

    To find out if your premises is likely to be eligible for the rural gigabit voucher, look up your postcode checker in the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Postcode Checker. This will inform you whether your postcode area meets the rurality criteria, it will also show a list of suppliers active in the area.

  • I would like to apply as a community group but I'm not sure where to begin. Is there any advise on what to do before approaching a supplier?

    Urban and rural communities have successfully improved full fibre broadband connectivity in their area by combining their Gigabit Broadband vouchers to create community schemes with their broadband suppliers.

    The simplest way to create a community scheme is to approach a registered national or local broadband supplier directly and talk to them about the community’s need for a new full fibre broadband service. If a supplier considers your community appropriate for this approach, it can be a simple, cost-effective way to improve your local broadband.

    There is also a government guidance for community-led broadband schemes at www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-led-broadband-schemes/guidance#before-you-start-forming-a-community-group-and-deciding-on-the-best-solution