There will be a rolling applications and assessment process. Before we can process your application, it must be complete and contain the information we require, including all supporting documentation.
You must complete the application form clearly and accurately, and ensure that you send us all the supporting documentation.
Once your application is received, an initial assessment will be carried out to ensure it meets basic scheme eligibility criteria. We will aim to issue you an acknowledgement letter within 14 days of receipt. Where eligibility requirements haven’t been met or your application is incomplete, we aim to confirm this in writing within 14 days.
Your application and supporting documentation will be assessed by CBS based on the selection criteria developed for the scheme. This is to ensure value for money and technical eligibility.
Projects will be screened against the following selection criteria:
It is very important that you must not start work on your project before receiving notification that your application has been successful. This will take the form of a grant offer letter that will have to be signed and returned to us. Only then can you begin work.
Failure to meet this key condition will constitute a breach of the scheme rules and will result in your application being rejected when discovered post offer your award will be withdrawn and any funding paid will have to be repaid to Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
We understand that preparatory work may be necessary and expenditure incurred relating to professional fees will not disqualify the project and may be eligible for grant funding. Please contact your Community Broadband Scotland officer to discuss beforehand. Fees connected to the preparation of your application are not eligible.